FBIS Capital Scheme – Tier 1

This page contains information for Tier 1 of the FBIS Capital Scheme.

Applications for Tier 1 (Tranche 1) will be accepted from 4pm on 31 October 2016 to 4pm on 16 December 2016.

Tier 1 Explanatory Booklet

An Explanatory Booklet is available for reference to assist you in preparing your application. You can access the Booklet here.

Online Application

The Tier 1 application form can be accessed here.
Step by step guidance on how to apply online can be accessed here.

Hard Copy Application

A hard copy application form and associated guidance document can be downloaded.

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Reference priced list of eligible items

In completing the application form you will have to select items from a reference priced list of eligible items available here.

Tier 1 Fencing Specification and Installation Guidelines
Guidance on Tier 1 fencing specification and installation is available here.

Possession of a valid DAERA Category 1 Farm Business ID

A Category 1 Farm Business ID is required for all applicants to the FBIS Capital Scheme. Further information and details on how to apply for a DAERA Farm Business ID can be found here.

Completion of farm safety training and assessment certificate through the ‘Making it Safer’ self assessment and load to application system

All applicants to the Scheme must complete the ‘Making it Safer’ self assessment certificate where the applicant will be required to answer questions relating to their own farm on Slurry, Animals, Falls and Equipment (SAFE).

This is an online tool and it is available here  A certificate will be issued on completion.

Applicants will need to save this digital certificate (to a computer rather than a mobile device) as it will need to be uploaded as part of the application process. The DAERA Farm Business ID number entered on to the certificate will be checked against the Farm Business ID number on the FBIS Capital Scheme application form.

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It is also recommended that applicants complete the ‘FarmSafeNet’ Health and Safety awareness training available here prior to completing their ‘Making It Safer’ risk assessment.

Indication of Support letter from Bank/lending institution

An Indication of Support letter will be required at application stage.

All applicants must provide a template letter that has been completed by their bank or lending institution before they make an application for grant support.

This letter, referred to as an Indication of Support Letter, is designed to encourage applicants to carefully consider the needs and circumstances of their farm business before proceeding with a project and will confirm that the applicant can access funds to complete their project. DAERA has agreed the arrangements for this Letter with the banks.

Applicants do not actually have to borrow the funds from the bank or lending institution. However, should you decide to proceed with an application, the letter will provide reassurance to you, your bank and DAERA that you will be able to access the funds necessary to finance and complete your proposed investment, including VAT, until you receive payment of 40% grant assistance at the end of the project.

The bank letter does not have to be in the name of the applicant but should be in the name of a person named on the DAERA Category 1 Farm Business ID.

Obtaining the required letter for Tier 1 should be a straightforward process that could be agreed over the counter at your local bank or lending institution. The bank letter template can be found here.

Documentation required at Letter of Offer Stage

The following documentation will be required at Letter of Offer stage:

Proof of age (if applicant is 40 years old or under). For Tier 1, extra selection criteria points are available for applicants aged 40 years or less on 28 October 2016. Note this must be the applicant who must be named under the DAERA Farm Business ID number.

Proof of educational attainment. For Tier 1, proof of educational attainment will be required at Letter of Offer acceptance stage for applicants seeking extra points under this selection criterion. This criterion applies to all ages of applicants and not just those under 40. The education received must be at Level 2 or above in agriculture or horticulture.