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TAMS 3: Animal Welfare and Nutrient Storage Scheme open

TAMS 3: Animal Welfare and Nutrient Storage Scheme open

Applications are now open for the TAMS 3 Animal Welfare and Nutrient Storage Scheme (AWNSS), which provides grants to farmers to build and/or improve a specified range of farm buildings and equipment on their holding.

A wide range of investments are available under AWNSS to facilitate farm modernisation and it includes grant aid for animal housing, silage pits, slurry stores, fencing and cattle underpasses to name just a few. The provision of grant aid to equine farmers has also been added.

Grant aid

The scheme will consist of a €90,000 ceiling for individuals, joint ventures and companies, while a higher ceiling will be in place for DAFM-registered farm partnerships. Where two or more eligible partners in a partnership registered on the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine's (DAFM) Register of Farm Partnership apply, the maximum eligible investment ceiling increases to €160,000.

Grant aid will only be paid on approved, completed and eligible expenditure. The terms and conditions of such investments are available on the DAFM’s website. Multiple applications per tranche are allowed, but the minimum amount of investment which is eligible for approval under this scheme is €2,000 per application. It is anticipated that the first tranche will close on June 16th 2023. The scheme does not operate on a first come first served basis and all applications will go through a ranking and selection process after the closing date.

AWNSS is one of 10 schemes available under TAMS 3, in addition to: the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme (YFCIS); the Organic Farming Capital Investment Scheme (OFCIS); the Dairy Equipment Investment Scheme (DES); the Low-Emissions Slurry Spreader Scheme (LESS); the Tillage Capital Investment Scheme (TCIS); and the Pig and Poultry Capital Investment Scheme (PPIS). The Women Farmer Capital Investment Scheme (WFCIS), the Farm Safety Capital Investment Scheme (FSCIS) and the Solar Capital Investment Scheme (SCIS) are new additions to TAMS 3, with the latter opening for applications in February. The remaining schemes under TAMS 3 will open on a phased basis.

Also read: Grazing infrastructure incentivised under TAMS 3

Also read: TAMS 3: Woman Farmer Capital Investment Scheme