Advice and grants

Advice line

For general enquiries or for more information about the service, phone the advice line on 0300 323 0161, or explore this website in more detail.

The advice line operates between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, covering a wide variety of topics including cross compliance, water framework directive requirements, climate change and other technical issues.


We can help you with a range of topics

Regardless of farm size or business stage, FAS can help you to increase the profitability and sustainability of your farming business through Government grants – worth up to a total of £2,200 – that can be used to fund a range of one-to-one business support services.

These include:

Mentoring support for New Entrants

Carbon audits

Integrated Land Management Plans (ILMPs)

Frequently asked questions


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One-to-one support for farming businesses
Help to secure the future of your farm through Government-funded grant support and one-to-one advice
One-to-one support for new entrants
One-to-one advice and grant support for new entrants to farming and crofting
Mentoring case study: Iain Withers, Narrowboat Farm
In April 2017, Iain Withers, a new entrant to farming, started his own business – Narrowboat Farm, a small-scale market garden in Linlithgow.
ILMP case study: Beauty Bhowmik, High Cleughearn Farm
In 2015, Beauty Bhowmik and her husband Devproteek, decided to change careers and move their family from London to East Kilbride to start a farm business. Being new to farming, Beauty contacted the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) for general advice and information on soil management. FAS encouraged her to apply for an Integrated Land Management Plan (ILMP) to get the best out of the new business.
Topics: Farm business and New Entrants
ILMP case study: Bitney MacNab, Cairnston Smallholding
Inspired by her youngest daughter to pursue a career in farming, Bitney MacNab - has ambitious plans to diversify from her bed and breakfast business, and establish a completely self-sufficient, sustainable, eco-friendly smallholding. Being new to farming, Bitney sought help from the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) on how to go about making her vision a reality.
Topics: Farm business
ILMP case study: Fergus Laing, Glenbeg Estate
For many years, land owner, Fergus Laing has run a successful and diverse highland estate, incorporating a tenant farm, golfing, fishing and hunting. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, there is a good likelihood that the tenant farming lease may not be renewed when it expires. To prepare the business for potential change, Fergus applied to the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) for Scottish Government funding to help develop an ILMP.
Topics: Farm business