Forest Road Grant Scheme now open

 

The Minister of State with responsibility for forestry at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Shane McEntee TD, today announced the immediate opening of a new Forest Roads (Grant) Scheme. 

The previous Scheme was closed in mid-December 2011 and a consultative process was immediately commenced with industry stakeholders on proposals put forward by the Department for a new Scheme.  These consultations are now complete and a new Scheme with revised provisions is being introduced.  Minister McEntee explained “Our priority is to achieve the best value from the funding available. The new Scheme incorporates a number of changes to help us achieve this objective and to ensure the continuation of what is one of our most important support measures under the Forestry Programme. I would like to thank the industry representatives for their very useful inputs to the consultative process and assure them of the Government’s continued commitment to forestry”.

 

Minister McEntee added: “There were over 200 applicants at the time of closure of the old Roads Scheme whose applications had yet to be determined or approved.  The Department will shortly be writing to these applicants offering them the opportunity to switch to the new Scheme subject to their acceptance of the new terms and conditions”.