Farmer sought to sit on Grant Assessment Panel

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is a 4-year Defra funded programme running in all of the English National Parks and AONBs until March 2025. 

Through this the AONB Partnership offers grants to farmers and landowners for projects which deliver benefits to nature, climate, people and place.

Grants over £10,000 are decided by a Grant Assessment Panel, and a vacancy has arisen for a farmer to join the Panel for the remaining year and a half of the programme.  Panel members should have a good understanding of the delivery of nature, climate and public benefits by farming and managing land in the Shropshire Hills AONB. 

Panel members will be required to undertake training and follow guidance, read a significant number of applications and attend Panel meetings for decision-making (up to every 6-8 weeks).  This is a formal role with responsibility for awarding contractual grants through Shropshire Council as accountable body, and is governed by various regulations and guidance.  There is a process for any declaration of interests.  It is essentially a voluntary role but non-salaried members are able to claim a set contribution towards costs.

If you have experience of farming and delivering public benefits through farming and would like to support the delivery of this national programme within the Shropshire Hills AONB then we would be pleased to hear from you.  

Please make an initial expression of interest to with your name and contact details.  A short, written application will be required for this role, and we will respond with the application details in due course.  Deadline for your expression of interest is Friday 25th August 2023.

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