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Rural Business Support - Farm Business Advice Service


Scheme NOW CLOSED to new applications (and Additional Support Applications) from 31 July 2016.

Please find link to the Lantra news release on 18 December 2014: Lantra news release WFRS 2015

A copy of the Whole Farm Review Scheme 2015/16 leaflet used to advertise the Scheme is available here.

Whole Farm Review Scheme aims to build on the success of its predecessor the Whole Farm Review Scheme 2008-2014 (now closed) in compliance with the EC Regulation Article 22 of 702/2014. It remains designed to help farmers and crofters to develop environmentally and financially sustainable businesses. It is open to all farming and crofting businesses to apply, provided that they are registered in Scotland with IACS.

The key EC Regulation change is to the maximum grant rates available from 1 January 2015 (see below table).



Whole Farm Review Scheme

2015/2016 Grant Provision

(WFRS Grant rates for new applications received from 1 January 2015)

Stage 1

(Whole Farm Review)


80% up to c. £1,200 (maximum per advice under EC Reg is 1,500 Euros)

Stage 2

(Action Plan Review)



Stage 3

(Additional Advice)


80% up to £1,000

Overall this means that the Scottish Government will continue to fund over 80% of the cost of consultancy support needed to carry out the Whole Farm Review and further specialist advice needed to implement the action plan developed under the review. However, the maximum level of total support available under this Scheme is £2,500 (as opposed to £2,400 in previous Scheme). The grant is paid direct to the advisory business carrying out the review.

The review is carried out with the help of an accredited farm business adviser. They will review the agricultural business's recent performance, identify its main strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and develop an action plan to improve the business. For the purposes of this scheme, advisers must be accredited through the Farm Business Adviser Accreditation Scheme for Scotland (FBAASS). The accreditation authority for FBAASS is Lantra (Sector Skills Council). For further details about the accreditation scheme, please see the Lantra website.

Whole Farm Review Scheme is not associated with any other grant scheme administered by the Scottish Government. This Scheme provides an opportunity for the farmer, or crofter, to take a fresh look at the whole business and consider how it might be improved and developed in order to maximise all assets - business, environmental and skills.

Full details of the Scheme can be found in the Scheme Rules and Procedures Booklet WFR 1 (2015/16).



Contact Details

The Scottish Government

Rural Business Development Branch

Agriculture and Rural Development Division

D Spur

Saughton House

Broomhouse Drive


EH11 3XD

Tel: 0300-244 6787

Fax: 0300-244 6777

Email: farmbass@scotland.gsi.gov.uk