Forest Service Grants

New Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020

Afforestation Premium Rates (same rates for farmer and non farmer)

GPC Old rate (farmer) New Rate Duration (years) Increase (year on year)
1 – Unenclosed €155 €185 15 19%
2 – Sitka spruce/lodgepole pine €369 €440 15 19%
3 – 10% Diverse €427 €510 15 19%
4 – Diverse €454 €560 15 23%
5 – Broadleaf €481 €575 15 20%
6 – Oak / Beech €515 €615 15 19%
7 – Beech €515 €615 15 19%
8 – Alder €481 €575 15 20%
9- Native Woodland Establishment (Scenarios 1-3)* €515 €635 15 23%
10- Native Woodland establishment (Scenario 4)* €515 €635 15 23%
11 – Agro-forestry* €260 5
12 – Forestry for Fibre* €180 10

*new GPC’s               Most popular GPC

 

Grant rates (5% increase on fixed rate grant)

GPC 1st Grant€/ha 2nd Grant€/ha Total€/ha Additional Fencing Allocation€/ha IS436 Alternative Fencing Allocation €/haNon IS436 TotalAvailable

Funding

€/ha

1 – Unenclosed 1575 525 2100 500 350 2600
2 – Sitka spruce / LP 2310 735 3045 500 350 3545
3 – 10% Diverse Conifer 2360 790 3150 500 350 3650
4 – Diverse Conifer 2625 840 3465 500 350 3965
5 – Broadleaf 3780 1155 4935 500 450 5435
6 – Oak / Beech 3990 1260 5250 500 450 5750
7 – Beech 3990 1260 5250 500 450 5750
8 – Alder 2520 840 3360 500 450 3860
9- Native Woodland Establishment (Scenarios 1-4) 3990 1260 5250 500 450 5750
10- Native Woodland establishment (Scenario 4) 3780 1155 4935 500 450 5435
11 – Agro-forestry 2960 990 3950 500 450 4450
12a – Forestry for Fibre 1460 490 1950 500 450 2450
12b – Forestry for Fibre (Aspen, 1400) 1245 420 1665 500 450 2165

 

Forest Roads

The grant rate for roads has increase by €5 to €40/m. The criteria for calculating the eligible area served by the proposed forest road has changed.  Where 50% or greater of the area is due for harvesting in the next 3 years the entire area can now be deemed eligible. For co operative road building (joint applications) this can extend to 5 years.

In cases where the proposed forest road bell mouth is at least 2m below the surface of the existing public road an additional 30m will be allowed per forest entrance to contribute towards the cost of additional stone required. This means that bell mouths in this situation can include an additional 60 metres of road length for grant purposes.

A special construction works (SCW) grant is being introduced for 50% of  the cost of the SCW up to a maximum of €5,000 per application whichever is the smaller. This provision is primarily aimed at facilitating the construction of forest roads in environmentally sensitive sites to limit any potential adverse impacts from harvesting activities.

Forest road developments which connect to an existing forest road network in a public, state owned or private forest, will be supported. In these situations that proportion of forest road constructed outside of the applicants land will be grant aided.

Native Woodland Conservation

Funding has been set aside for between 300ha-360ha  of Native Woodland Conservation per annum. This measure includes support for public and private landowners and also for emergent native woodlands.

For further information see:

http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/forestservice/