New funding round for Agri-Environmental Climate Scheme (AECS)

Protecting the environment

The next round of applications for the Agri-Environmental Climate Change scheme is now open.

The scheme supports environmentally friendly land management practices that aim to safeguard and improve Scotland's natural heritage and help businesses adapt to climate change.

The scheme which is jointly funded with the EU, has committed more than £100 million to 2,090 businesses since its launch in 2014.

Announcing the application window is now open, Environmental Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“I am delighted to confirm that we are now accepting applications to the Agri-Environmental Climate Change scheme.

“The scheme supports our continued efforts to protect and enhance our environment by promoting environmentally friendly land management practices. It also helps businesses to manage flood risks and mitigate and adapt to the challenge of climate change.

“I would therefore encourage all farmers, crofters and land managers to apply for support under the scheme, and explore how they can benefit and realise the environmental and economic potential of low carbon, environmentally friendly practices.”

Background

The Agri-Environmental Climate Change 2018 application window will run for 12 weeks from 17th January to 13th April, with 31st May for collaborative projects which involve 5 or more businesses.

Information about the scheme, including details on how to apply and current guidance can be found here

Further announcements will follow about the next round of the Improving Public Access Scheme, which is aimed at building or improving paths that encourage enjoyment and appreciation of Scotland's diverse landscapes and nature.

Last updated: 17 January, 2018