The Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food confirm that the Dairy Equipment and the Rainwater Harvesting Schemes will open for applications on Tuesday 1 March 2011.
Both schemes are provided for in Ireland’s Rural Development Programme and are intended to remain open for applications until end-2013.
Under the terms of the Programme, €45 million is being made available for the Dairy Equipment Scheme with a further €8 million being provided for the Rainwater Harvesting Scheme.
Under the terms of the Rural Development Programme, the Dairy Equipment Scheme will provide grant-aid for milking machine equipment and milk storage and cooling equipment, at a standard grant-rate of 40 per cent up to a maximum grant level.
The Rainwater Harvesting Scheme will also provide grant-aid at a standard grant-rate of 40 per cent up to a maximum grant level for the installation of rainwater collection tanks and ancillary items.
Under the terms of both Schemes, selection criteria will be applied in order to determine those applications which will proceed to the approval stage.
Source: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food