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Grants for struggling Welsh farmers

  • 11/03/2019
  • Author:bridgetmccall

Farming charity R.A.B.I and the Welsh Government are working together to ease hardship caused by 2018's hot summer

Welsh landscape with sheep

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), a farming charity working in England and Wales, is working with the Welsh Government to provide one-off discretionary grants to farmers in Wales who have experienced hardship following the 2018 summer drought.

The Welsh Government has made £240,000 available to R.A.B.I to give to Welsh working farmers still battling the knock-on effects of last year's prolonged heatwave. All claims will be assessed and distributed by R.A.B.I, the farming sector's oldest and largest charity.

R.A.B.I chairman Malcolm Thomas said: "Last summer's hot weather may seem like a distant memory, but many farmers are still playing catch-up because of drought-related issues.

"2018 was a particularly challenging year for our industry and Welsh farmers, across various sectors, were amongst those hardest hit. We're grateful to the Welsh Government for making this money available and we are determined to make sure it goes to where it is most needed. One-off, fixed payments of £3,000 per household will be available to farmers in Wales who are struggling to meet living costs due to last summer's prolonged dry spell."

I would urge any farmer in Wales who is struggling because of last summer's testing weather conditions to get in touch. Every call and application will be handled in complete confidence."

Malcolm Thomas, R.A.B.I Chairman

Who can apply?

R.A.B.I wants to hear from farmers in Wales whose ability to meet living costs has been impacted by the hot, dry summer of 2018. To qualify, over 50% of an applicant's land must be based in Wales.

To apply for a one-off grant, call the dedicated helpline 0808 168 7297 to speak to a member of R.A.B.I's support team and request an application form. The helpline will be open Mondays to Fridays, from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.

Completed application forms must be received by R.A.B.I by 5.00 pm on April 30, 2019. Successful applicants will be contacted during May and all grants will be paid by May 30, 2019. When assessing applications, levels of personal hardship and savings will be considered.

Read the Turn2us Grants Search profile for R.A.B.I (funds for Welsh farmers)

Source: R.A.B.I press release: Funding of £240k for Welsh farmers affected by hot 2018 summer

R.A.B.I (England and Wales)

R.A.B.I. provides support to people of all ages who currently work or have worked in agriculture in England or Wales as a farmer, farm manager or farm worker and their dependants. This includes farmers, farm managers, farm workers, agricultural workers, agricultural contractors and former members of the Women’s Land Army.

Read the General R.A.B.I Turn2us Grants Search profile

 

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