This is a new scheme offering support towards the development and delivery of group skills development initiatives for land managers (including farmers, crofters and foresters). The scheme is open to applications from the 23rd June 2008. Applications should be submitted directly to the Scottish Government using form SDS 2 (The contact details are available below.)
The Scheme provides an opportunity to secure a contribution towards the funding of new initiatives aimed at improving land managers' business or countryside management skills.
It is aimed at bodies that represent farming, forestry and other land management industries, or are closely involved with promoting the development of land and business management skills within these industries.
The Scheme aims to build on the success of industry-led or inspired initiatives such as Monitor Farms and Planning to Succeed by providing a dedicated support mechanism.
Further information about the Scheme is available from the Skills Development Scheme information leaflet. The leaflet is also available in pdf format (288kb).
A booklet outlining the Scheme rules and procedures and other scheme forms are available as follows:
These forms are also available in Microsoft Word, which you can use to complete the forms electronically:
For information about awards made under the scheme, please visit the Skills Development Scheme: Awards page.
For further information about the Skills Development Scheme, please contact:
Rural Business Development Branch
Scottish Government Rural and Environment Directorate