The Farm Safety Capital Investment Scheme (FSCIS) provides an incentive to farmers to avail of investments to improve their own safety and/or improve a specified range of farm buildings and equipment on their holding.

What is TAMS III?

TAM III compromises of 10 individual schemes:

  1. Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme (YFCIS).
  2. Dairy Equipment Scheme (DES).
  3. Organic Capital Investment Scheme (OCIS).
  4. Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment Scheme (LESS).
  5. Pig and Poultry Investment Scheme (PPIS).
  6. Animal Welfare Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme (AWNSS).
  7. Women Farmer Capital Investment Scheme (WFCIS),
  8. Farm Safety Capital Investment Scheme (FSCIS) a new addition to TAMS III and allows upto 60% grant aid on a range of products!
  9. Solar Capital Investment Scheme (SCIS)
  10. Tillage Capital Investment Scheme (TCIS)

 

Payments under TAMS III

Farmers considering entering TAMS III need to make an investment of at least €2,000 to be eligible for grant aid under this scheme. This does not need to be drawn down all at once.

According to the Department of Agriculture, grant aid will only be paid on approved, completed and eligible expenditure.

Under TAMS III, individual farmers can apply for grant aid of 60% on investments up to a ceiling of €90,000, this is a maximum individual payment of €54,000.

This is excellent news for farmers looking to invest in Farm Safety equipment – it is an increase from TAMS II 40% grant aid, which allowed a maximum payment of €32,000.

 

Grant rates

There are a range of new improvements to the TAMS scheme including increased grant aid rates, investment ceilings, new investments, and new support categories. This includes an enhanced grant-rate of 60% compared to a lower rate of 40% in TAMS 2 in respect of investments under the Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment, Organic Capital Investments and Farm Safety Investments.

The scheme will consist of a €90,000 ceiling for individuals, joint ventures and companies, while a higher ceiling will be in place for DAFM-registered farm partnerships. The ceiling for reinvestment will be reset per holding for the duration of the new scheme, meaning that every farmer who benefitted under TAMS 2 can re-apply in full under TAMS 3. The investment ceilings and grant aid levels are available below:

  • Animal Welfare, Nutrient Storage Scheme (AWNSS) at 40% grant rate, with a €90,000 investment ceiling;
  • Tillage Capital Investment Scheme (TCIS) at 40% grant rate, with a €90,000 investment ceiling;
  • Pig and Poultry Capital Investment Scheme (PPIS) at 40% grant rate, with a €500,000 investment ceiling;
  • Dairy Equipment Scheme (DES) at 40% grant rate, with a €90,000 investment ceiling;
  • Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme (YFCIS) at 60% grant rate, with a €90,000 investment ceiling;
  • Women Farmer Capital Investment Scheme (WFCIS) at 60% grant rate, with a €90,000 investment ceiling;
  • Organic Farming Capital Investment Scheme (OCIS) at 60% grant rate, with a €90,000 investment ceiling;
  • Farm Safety Capital Investment Scheme (FCIS) at 60% grant rate, with a €90,000 investment ceiling;
  • Solar Capital Investment Scheme (SCIS) at 60% grant rate, with a €90,000 investment ceiling that is separate from other schemes;
  • Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment Scheme (LESS) at 60% grant rate, with a €90,000 investment ceiling that is separate from other schemes

 

Easy Steps for Making a TAMS III Application

You must be registered with the AgFood Website to apply for the TAMS III grant online.

Register or login below:

agfood.agriculture.gov.ie

  • Items that do not require planning permission and are not nutrient-relevant can easily be applied for online. To check which investments, require planning or are nutrient-relevant, enter TAMS III in the search bar & click on the first tab. Here you select the appropriate scheme you wish to apply for, check the Terms & Conditions of the scheme and scroll down to check if the above applies.
  • It is advised to download the Reference Costs – go to the Specifications tab at the top of the screen, select “TAMS III Support Documents” and go to Reference Costs. Here you can see a list of items under each scheme, with the reference cost per item. It is advised to submit the full reference cost per item. Calculate the total reference cost before you begin your application.

Please note- The Department will log you out if you do not move through the application quickly- make sure to SAVE the application as a draft as you work your way through.

Please note ALL FARMERS are entitled to 60% grant rate on FSCIS- Farm Safety Capital Investment Scheme

  • After selecting the scheme, click on the Application tab in the top left-hand corner, bringing you to the Applications page. Here you click on the item(s) you require, that does not need planning permission or nutrient relevant eg. Mobile Cattle Unit (slurry capacity therefore does not need to be calculated) therefore making the application very easy to submit.
  • Add your personal details, name, address etc and select the “New Scheme Application Tab” which brings you to the next stage.
  • Read and agree to the T&C’s on the first tab by clicking the white box on the right.
  • You are now in the Application Detail tab, and here you select your holding enterprise type. For the Cattle Mobile Unit select the “Other Grazing Livestock”
  • If you have a tillage enterprise as well as a livestock enterprise, select this further down the list. The checkboxes regarding livestock and enterprises should be selected yes/no, depending on your farm.

If you are not making a fixed investment, you do not need to give locations of the out farms.

  • Now, go to the “Proposed Investments” tab. You do not need to list production units unless you have an intensive enterprise, such as poultry & pigs.
  • Click onto the “Add Investments” tab, and select the relevant investment from the drop-down menu. If the investments you wish to make are not on the list, you are probably in the sub-section. Please exit and select the correct scheme from the Home page.
  • With the Cattle Handling Unit selected you can now move on to “Add Sub Investment” and select 1 as the dimension- meaning one unit.
  • Further Sub Investments can be added here, such as a Head Gate and Back Gate, Cattle Weighing Scales, Dehorning Crate, Head Scoop, Leg Hoist, Mobile Penning, Horse Stocks, Loading Bays. The quantity of Mobile Penning should be given in linear metres, with the rate of payment per linear metre, up to 75m.
  • Now “SAVE DRAFT APPLICATION” and check you have added all items you require and calculated the total costs.
  • Proceed to “VALIDATE APPLICATION” and with all tabs filled correctly, you will receive a notification- “The application has been updated successfully” and is now ready to submit.

 

You have now submitted your TAMS III application for TAMS 3 Farm Safety Capital Investment Scheme

Further, Help can be found at GOV.IE  

In many cases, you will need to apply for several items to fully utilise the reference value of the product or project. Talk to us before applying and we would suggest consulting your farm adviser on any application.