TAMS II Grant
TAMS II – What It Is and How to Apply
TAMS II first opened in June 2015 and is set to run until December 2020. This scheme is co-funded by the EU and the national exchequer under the Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) with a total allocation of over €395m over its duration.
TAMS II aims to provide farmers with grant aid to improve and/or build a specific range of farm buildings or purchase equipment that may benefit their farm businesses.
What is TAMS II?
TAMS II stands for the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme. It compromises of six individual schemes.
TAM II compromises of six individual schemes which include:
- Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme (YFCIS).
- Dairy Equipment Scheme (DES).
- Organic Capital Investment Scheme (OCIS).
- Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment Scheme (LESS).
- Pig and Poultry Investment Scheme (PPIS).
- Animal Welfare Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme (AWNSS).
According to the Department of Agriculture, the scheme will present farmers with investment opportunities that will allow for the development of Irish agriculture.
The benefits of TAMS II range from the construction of new animal housing, the provision of nutrient storage facilities and the ever-important safety elements.
Payments under TAMS II
Farmers considering entering TAMS II need to make an investment of at least €2,000 to be eligible for grant aid under this scheme.
According to the Department of Agriculture, grant aid will only be paid on approved, completed and eligible expenditure.
Under TAMS II, individual farmers can apply for grant aid of 40% on investments up to a ceiling of €80,000, this is a maximum individual payment of €32,000.
For those farmers in a registered farm partnership with the Department of Agriculture, they can avail of grant aid to the value of €160,000. This applies to applications with two or more eligible partners.
Partnerships containing one qualifying young farmer grant aid will be paid at 60% on the first €80,000 and 40% for the remaining balance.
Penalties under TAMS II
Farmers who fail to comply with the terms and conditions of TAMS II may be penalised up to 100% of the grant value, this will occur if farmers do not meet the eligibility criteria.
Farmers must also comply with the farm waste and farm nutrient storage requirements, dairy hygiene or animal welfare regulations at the time of a cross compliance inspection, failing to do so may result in penalties or sanctions.
Offences and Penalties:
- Withdrawal or reclamation of 100% grant aid paid if farmers provide false or misleading information in the application form, payment claim and/or accompanying documentation.
- The Department will recoup 100% of the grant aid if the investment is used for purposes other than those intended for a period of five years after the date of final payment.
- Failure to inform the Department at least five working days before the final fix of steel reinforcement and before the pouring of concrete will result in a 5% reduction in grant aid for relevant investments.
- Farmers will face a 5% reduction in grant aid if they fail to submit an approval from the Local Planning Authority to the structural change with the payment claim form.
- An over-claim of investment(s) dimension/quantities by more than 3% will result in a subtraction of over-claimed dimension/quantities from dimension/quantities found at inspection to determine dimension/quantities for payment.
- An over-claim of investment(s) dimension/quantities by more than 25% will result in a 100% reduction in grant aid for relevant investment(s).
- If farmers over-claim eligible expenditure by more than 10% there will be a subtraction of over-claim from the eligible amount payable.
Farmers who fail to address rectifiable issues in accordance with the Department’s Specifications will also lose part or all of their grant aid.
If this deficiency is not found at the first pre-payment inspection, the farmer will face a 10% reduction in grant aid.
But, if this deficiency is found at the second pre-payment inspection farmers will face a 100% reduction in grant aid for these relevant investments.
Farmers must also be aware that if the investment work is commenced or equipment is purchased prior to approval they will face a significant cut to the grant aid available.
- Less than 25% of the value of investments applied will result in the rejection of relevant investments.
- Greater than or equal to 25% of the value of investments applied for will result in the rejection of the entire application.
How to apply for TAMS II?
According to the Department of Agriculture, applications for TAMS II must be made online as manual applications by post, fax and email will not be accepted.
Farmers considering applying for this scheme will require access to the Department’s online services prior to applying for any of the schemes available under TAMS II. Applications can be made on agfood.ie
Those applying for any of the above-mentioned schemes do not need to employ an approved advisor as the can apply directly themselves, the Department of Agriculture says.
However, the department says that the onus is on farmers or their advisors to ensure that they have access to the online services prior to the closing date for submitting applications under TAMS II.
Animal Welfare Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme
The objectives of the scheme are to facilitate farm modernisation including the provision of animal welfare, through the provision of grant aid.
It also aims to improve the working and production conditions on farms which will allow for the competitiveness of these enterprises to increase in turn improving farm incomes.
Under the scheme, farmers can apply for a range of safety equipment, designed to reduce the risks of working with livestock, these include Head scoops, Anti Backing Bars, Cattle Head Gates, Leg Hoists etc.