Applications for Mid Tier opened on 18 February 2019 and close on 31 July 2019.
Use the manual to understand:
- the payments you could receive and how this scheme benefits the environment
- eligibility requirements
- the rules and conditions that apply to Mid Tier and the 4 Wildlife Offers
Use the CS grant finder:
- to understand the rules for each of them
- for advice on how to carry them out
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How to apply
The deadline to request an application pack was 31 May 2019.
Make sure you fill in your application and then either email or post it to us by 31 July 2019.
Overlap of Countryside Stewardship (CS) options with Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) in 2019.
You can no longer overlap the following CS options with EFAs declared on your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 application:
This is to avoid funding the same activity on the same land parcel under both CS and BPS, known as ‘double funding’. You can continue to place CS options and EFAs in the same land parcel but they cannot overlap.
In 2019, your Ecological Focus Area (EFA) cover crops must be established by 1 October 2019 and retained until at least 15 January 2020. RPA will not consider the retention of the EFA cover crops as an overlap with 1 January 2020 CS agreements. This assumes you’ll move the cover crops to a different location in 2020.
Hedges can be used for EFA and for Entry Level Stewardship, Higher Level Stewardship and CS options without payment deductions.
Find out more about CS funding
See Countryside Stewardship for details of other funding.
Contact the Rural Payments Agency if you have any queries: