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A programme of support to help Forth Valley farmers access the SRDP Rural Priorities Scheme has been given the green light to continue and expand in to Fife during 2010.
Stirling Enterprise (STEP) has secured a second year of funding from the Scottish Government Skills Development Scheme (SDS) to run outreach workshops that will equip farmers with the IT and web know-how to apply to the online grant scheme.
Eighty farmers accessed last year's pilot programme in Forth Valley, with around a quarter already having moved forward to submit applications to the scheme.
STEP Rural & Farm Support Officer, Caroline Brown commented: “The pilot programme was a bit like venturing in to the unknown for us. Traditionally, enterprise companies aren't an obvious choice for farmers to turn to for help in accessing grant funds. However, we felt confident we had something to offer by way of our knowledge and understanding of the Rural Priorities scheme and in our ability to offer meaningful help on the broadband, IT and web front. Combined, these factors have proved beneficial to local farmers and will continue to through the 2010 programme.”
For further information or to reserve a place, contact Caroline Brown, Stirling Enterprise on Tel: 01786 463416 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, workshops are part-funded by the Scottish Government Skills Development Scheme a small fee applies.