Integrated Land Management Plans (ILMPs)
Take advantage of government funding to create a sustainable and profitable future for your farm or croft.
An Integrated Land Management Plan (ILMP) is your pathway to a sustainable and profitable future. Setting out your vision for your farm or croft, it provides a clear, achievable, step by step action plan that will take you there.
The importance of having an Integrated Land Management Plan and the range of benefits it brings to you and your business are considerable. For that reason, the Scottish Government, through the Farm Advisory Service, is offering funding to help you access expert consultancy support to develop a professional Integrated Land Management Plan for your farm or croft.
Receive a detailed Integrated Land Management Plan that will identify opportunities and cost savings for your business, based on an independent and confidential assessment of your business by an experienced farm business adviser of your choosing.
The assessment is flexible and typically includes:
- an assessment of strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats as they relate to your vision for your business
- a basic habitats, biodiversity and conservation review
- financial performance analysis
- a cross compliance assessment to highlight where there may be risk areas for the business
As part of the Integrated Land Management Plan, you can also choose to benefit from up to two further specialist advice plans during the period 2016-2020. Specialist plans in:
- climate change adaptation and mitigation
- soil and nutrient management
- biodiversity, habitat and landscape management
- woodland management and conservation
- water pollution, prevention and control
- archaeological and historic site advice
- animal welfare
Are funded up to the maximum of £1,000 per plan (the recipient business must pay the total VAT element). Specialist advice on improved farm efficiency may receive funding of up to 50% of the costs, up to a maximum of £500 funding per plan (again all VAT must be paid in full by the business).
Benefit from the knowledge and experience of accredited farm business advisers
Integrated Land Management Plans will only be delivered by advisers accredited to the Farm Business Adviser Accreditation Scotland scheme (FBAASS). If your funding application is successful, you can request quotations from accredited advisers and appoint the adviser of your choice. The Farming Advisory Service can also help you identify a suitable adviser if required.
Who can apply?
Integrated Land Management Plans are open to all farming and crofting businesses, provided that they are registered in Scotland with IACS.
How much funding is there?
The Scottish Government will fund up to 80% (up to a maximum of £1,200) of the cost of consultancy support needed to carry out the Integrated Land Management Plan. The grant is paid directly to the advisory business you select to carry out the review.
Should you need further information, or require a hard copy of this form, please telephone the Farm Advisory Service advice line on 0300 323 0161.
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