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The SRDP 2008-2013 - Skills Development Scheme is now closed to new applicants (December 2013)

The SRDP 2008-2013 - Skills Development Scheme closed to new applicants from September 2013.


The 2008-2013 scheme offered support towards the development and delivery of group skills development initiatives for land managers (including farmers, crofters and foresters). The scheme was open to applications from the 23rd June 2008.

The Scheme provided an opportunity to secure a contribution towards the funding of new initiatives aimed at improving land managers' business or countryside management skills.

It was aimed at bodies that represent farming, forestry and other land management industries, or ones that are closely involved with promoting the development of land and business management skills within these industries.

The Scheme's aims were to build on the success of industry-led or inspired initiatives such as Monitor Farms and Planning to Succeed by providing a dedicated support mechanism.

Further information about the Scheme is available from the Scheme Rules and Procedures booklet (SDS 1 (2013)) and other Scheme forms are available as follows:

PDF Format

SDS 1 (2013) Scheme Rules and Procedures (PDF)

SDS 2 (2013) Application Form (PDF)

SDS 3 (2013) Claim Form (PDF)


These forms are also available in Microsoft Word, which you can use to complete the forms electronically:

Word Document

SDS 2 (2013) Applicaion Form (word doc)

SDS 3 (2013) Claim Form (word doc)


For information about awards made under the scheme, please visit the Skills Development Scheme: Awards page.

For further information about the Skills Development Scheme, please contact:

Rural Business Development Branch
Scottish Government Rural and Environment Directorate

D Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD
Tel: 0300-244-9749
Fax: 0300-244-6777