It offers a Higher Tier (similar to HLS), Mid Tier (similar to ELS) and Lower tier capital grants, with a menu of options for the latter and payment rates set out in detail in a copious list downloadable from Defra’s website. Higher, Mid, and Lower tier grants will be subject to on-line application only.
The detail of the scoring system is still being developed and Defra has committed to publishing more information about this in January 2015.
Water Capital Grants of up to £10,000 per holding, aimed at reducing water pollution from agriculture, and Woodland Creation Grants are available at the start of 2015.
These grant schemes will be delivered by Natural England, the Forestry Commission, and the Rural