Date published: 19 January, 2021

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The Agri-Environment Climate scheme, including Improving Public Access, is open to farmers, groups of farmers and other land managers with land in Scotland who are registered with us and have a Business Reference Number (BRN).

In addition the Improving Public Access option is also open to local authorities and administrations, public bodies, public-private partnerships, NGOs, private companies, organisations in charge of tourism and recreational development. There are separate eligibility requirements that also apply to applications for the Improving Public Access.

You can find out how to register here

You must be able to demonstrate that you are able, and have the legal right, to carry out the management proposed in your application, for the length of the contract and any associated monitoring period.

Funding under this scheme cannot be used to support works that you are required to complete as part of a statutory or legislative obligation.

Also, your application must not include any works which you have already started on (including purchase of associated items or equipment). And, if your application is successful, you must not start on any of the works applied for until you have a signed contract in place and an authority to proceed letter has been issued.

Additionally, funding must not be used where the work proposed has already, partly or fully, secured funding from another source.

Not all applicants will be eligible to apply for all options or activities under the scheme. For example, applications for the Organic Conversion and Organic Maintenance options are only open to farmers and crofters.

Note: The 2021 round is restricted to certain application types as listed: Please check this carefully before applying. Most Agri-Environment-Climate Scheme management options have been spatially targeted in order to make them available in the locations where they will deliver the greatest benefit. This means that you will need to check which management options are available on your holding. You can only apply for an option if it is listed under your holding, it is included in the application types for the 2021 round referred to above and if you also meet the eligibility requirements for the option.

Taking into account the information provided above you should read the specific eligibility requirements for each individual management options and capital item which you wish to apply for. You can find this information in this section of the guidance:

Check options and items

The questions which case officers have to answer in 2021 when checking each applicant’s eligibility for the scheme, will follow shortly.

Section Change
Introduction Details for 2021 round

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