Scotland’s RDP has adopted simplified administration systems that include a ‘two-tier’ application process for RDP grants. This was introduced to provide proportionate ‘fast-track’ procedures for projects requiring smaller amounts of RDP funding.
This methodological case study explores the simplified administration system – including a ‘two-tier’ application process for grants and ‘fast-track’ procedures for projects requiring smaller amounts of funding – implemented in the Scottish Rural Development Programme.
It is on going case including different approaches. ‘Level one’ of the two-tier process is used for applications up to a value of £75,000 (circa €100 000 equivalent), which will be assessed and approved locally in the region where the farm is located. ‘Level two’ is applied for applications above £75,000, which will be considered nationally by a panel of experts from government departments and appropriate agencies, with stakeholder input.