The Sylva Foundation has joined a consortium of organisations providing business support to forestry businesses across England in relation to new grants within the new Rural Development Programme (RDP), set to start in 2015.
The consortium known as FACE (Forestry Advisory Consortium England) has been contracted by Forestry Commission England to provide targeted and free one-to-one business support. Sylva is providing this service in the South East region. See map for providers elsewhere across England.
Details of future schemes under RDP are yet to be decided but if arrangements are similar to the last programme the most obvious interest for grant support might include kit (timber harvesting, extraction and primary processing equipment) with an emphasis on innovation.
Applications for business support are to be directed through the Forestry Commission. Download the ‘What’s your idea?’ leaflet to read more and find your local Forestry Commission contact, who will provide further details and an application form.
FC Forestry Business Support – Demonstration Workshops
In addition to the business support the Forestry Commission are providing a series of free demonstration events to show how previous European funding has enabled businesses to grow and improve their efficiency.
The events are taking place across England from October 2014 to February 2015.