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What are the schemes under the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 - 2020?

An overview of the SRDP 2014 - 2020 schemes is provided below however more information, guidance and online services for people in rural areas across Scotland can be found on is the new online system for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Rural Payments and Services.


Rural Development: LFASS

Providing essential support to fragile farming businesses in remote and constrained rural areas.


Rural Development: Forestry Grant Scheme

A range of grants for woodland creation, agroforestry, tree health, woodland improvement, processing and marketing and sustainable management of forests.


Rural Development: Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (including support for organics and footpaths)

Targeted support for land managers to undertake management and capital work for environmental purposes.


Rural Development: Beef Efficiency Scheme

To deliver economic and environmental improvements in the beef sector.


Rural Development: New Entrants

  • Start-up grants for new entrant young farmers of up to 40 years old (as set by Europe).
  • Capital funding for new entrants, regardless of age, to improve their business.


Rural Development: Crofting Agricultural Grant Scheme

Grants to crofters to take forward improvements on their crofts which will help to sustain their business.


Rural Development: Small Farms Grant Scheme

Targeted support for small farms that face similar issues as crofters regarding sustainability.


Rural Development: Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation

Support for SMEs in the food and drink sector with start-up grants for new enterprises, and business development grants.


Rural Development: LEADER

LEADER will provide opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities to come together and support rural development and provide long lasting benefits to the local area. This will include support for non agricultural small businesses including farm diversification.


Rural Development: Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KITF)

Taking advantage of strong performance in research and development and ensuring that the learning from here and elsewhere can be transferred to on the ground improvement. KTIF will assist in the sharing and implementation of innovative ways of improving working practices along with continuing support for Monitor Farms.


Rural Development: Advisory Service

The Farm Advisory Service will provide advice and assistance to farmers, crofters and other land managers.


Rural Development: Broadband

Support for broadband provision in rural areas.


Scottish Rural Network

Supporting and promoting rural development through the sharing of ideas and best practice.