Grants and Schemes
The FIG Department of Agriculture does not align itself with any particular grant body but wished to assist with information sharing should land owners wish to apply to grants available.
The FIG Department of Agriculture will aim to keep this information as up to date as possible, adding existing grants as they become available and editing information on available grants if they change.
The Environmental Studies Budget
The Environmental Studies Budget grant scheme aims to help Falkland Islanders promote, conserve and protect our globally-significant biodiversity. Grants will support awareness-raising, research or conservation/ management activities that benefit the Falklands’ environment. These grants run annually. The grant is open to individuals as well as organisations located within the Falkland Islands.
The Darwin Plus Local
Darwin Plus Local is a new scheme within the existing UK government’s Darwin Plus fund, which funds projects to protect the unique biodiversity and improve resilience to climate change within the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs).
More information about the Darwin Plus Local can be found on the following websites:
FIDC Grants and Loans
FIDC administers loan and grant funding schemes for both the business and domestic community including the new FIDC Green Business Programme, established to support the Falkland Islands’ aspirations as a community to be more environmentally focussed, and enable sustainable business practices, developing a green economy. It is linked to the Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce Climate Pledge. The Business Development Team work closely with clients to develop the best and most appropriate funding packages. To ensure completion, some projects may require funding that combines both grant and loan elements, or a combination of grants.
Follow the link for details on all grants and loans available: http://fidc.co.fk/finance/loans-and-grants/
Tourism Business Grant Schemes – FITB
All tourism related businesses are eligible, including sole traders, partnerships, and incorporated companies. Proposals may be for the establishment of a new business or for enhancing an existing one.
Multiple applications are permitted; however, businesses are limited to the maximum grant fund per annum (July to June). Please note that the application must be made before any costs are incurred, as retrospective applications will not be considered.
Information and application of the FITB grants available are on this website:
Saladero is comprised of a total of 2,023 hectares and is currently running the National Stud Flock and the National Beef Herd, under the Jim Gerrish managed intensive grazing system to optimise pasture production and animal productivity.
Following several workshops with grazing management consultant Jim Gerrish, the Department has been fine tuning its rotational grazing system to maximise pasture growth and subsequent livestock productivity. Paddock records are kept so management can be reviewed and changed as required. Water has been an issue for some paddocks at Saladero, this has been addressed by identifying water holding areas and then excavating holes which fill up in winter.
Saladero has been utilised in recent years by a visiting PhD student investigating the effectiveness of legumes in fixing nitrogen in Falkland Island soils, initial findings are encouraging. A grass/legume trial has been in place for over 10 years which allows us to monitor the long term persistence of these species.
Saladero is undergoing a number of changes to make it more effective as a research and development and demonstration farm as well as being the home of the National Stud Flock (NSF) and the National Beef Herd (NBH). The DoA holds an annual ram sale in March, animals usually for sale are shearling rams and ex elite mature rams. Saladero also offers lease bulls on a yearly basis.
The NSF has reached the genetic goals set 5 years ago of having an average micron of 22; an average mature sheep greasy fleece weight of 5 kgs and improved carcase characteristics (mature live weight of 45kgs). This has been achieved through using an index to select sheep on all characteristics simultaneously and to ensure that as micron was reducing body size (carcase characteristics) and weight was increasing.
Recently a new parameter of faecal egg counting has been introduced to select NSF Polwarth rams that are resistant to internal parasites (worms). This caracteristic will be of great value to the organic farmers.
The NBH has been relocated back to Saladero to make it more readily accessible for farmers to visit and so that birth weights and other performance data can be more readily collected. For more information on the National Beef Herd, please visit the NBH page.
If you are interested in visiting Saladero please contact the Department of Agriculture, on 27355 to make an appointment.