POP3+

Hollands landschap - POP3

The Rural Development Programme POP is the Dutch implementation programme of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The grants included in this programme are intended for the development, sustainability, and innovation of the agricultural sector, in accordance with European agricultural policy. POP3 will run until 2022 and covers the following main themes:

  • Strengthening innovation, sustainability, and competitiveness
  • Young farmers
  • Nature and landscape
  • Improving water quality
  • LEADER (strengthening rural areas)

Who Can Apply?

The grant programme is intended for:

  • Agricultural entrepreneurs;
  • Landowners and users;
  • Agricultural organisations;
  • Nature and landscape organisations;
  • Provinces;
  • Water authorities;
  • Municipalities; and
  • Partnerships between the abovementioned parties.

Applying for POP3+

POP comprises a large number of schemes, which can be broadly divided into national and regional grants. National grants comprise the following themes:

  • Participation in the recognised quality assurance calf scheme
  • Broad weather insurance
  • Investments in calf pens
  • Non-productive investments for wading and meadow birds
  • Pilot projects for the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

For more information about these specific schemes (incl. conditions, budgets, and eligible costs), we kindly ask you to contact us.

The regional grants are published and implemented by the different Dutch provinces, and relate to the main themes mentioned at the top of this page. Below we briefly address some of the most relevant ones for which you can now apply.

POP3+ Fryslân

POP3 Fryslân opens the programme Non-productive investments for water WFD-climate spring 2021, intended to support non-productive investments in the rural area that are related to the (re)design or transformation and management of the water system for agricultural, water, and climate purposes. Specifically, it concerns the following activities:

  • Widening of other main watercourses that are too narrow;
  • Widening and/or nature-friendly design of main water courses or storage canals that fall within the EU Water Framework Directive (KRW, in Dutch);
  • Constructing or rearranging land surrounding KRW lakes or ponds with a maximum width of 20 meters (on average) or constructing or rearranging land that is or will be connected to the storage canals in such a way that fish can enter and leave the area during the spawning periods of most fish species, whereby a part of the land is permanently under water during the summer period with a water depth of up to 0.7 metres (on average), including the associated works (e.g., grafting plants) and constructing or adapting structures as necessary;
  • Constructing fish passages;
  • Climate measures that contribute to the conservation of water in, or on the soil, and to a higher groundwater level and/or measures that lead to the retention or storage of water, including the associated works and construction or necessary modification of structures, excluding drainage.

A total of € 3.4 million is available. The grant covers 100% of eligible costs and was open until 15 July 2021. Would you like to see what such a project could look like? We invite you to take a look at our project examples.

In addition, there will be two openings in the Province of Fryslân for the so-called LEADER projects. The schemes have not yet been published. The rounds are from May 17 to June 17,  and from September 6 to October 14. The aim is to stimulate the local development of rural areas by contributing to the implementation of the so-called LEADER Development Strategies (LOS) for Northeast Fryslân and Noardwest Fryslân.

From 14 June onwards, it is possible to apply for funding in order to provide demonstrations, training courses, workshops, and coaching to farmers. These activities must relate to one of the following themes: value-added strategy, managing production risks, sustainable use of raw materials, climate mitigation, climate adaptation, animal welfare and limiting the public health risk of human-animal interactions, and strenghening biodiversity, soil, and environmental quality. The grant rate is 80%. A total budget of €1,6 million is available, with a minimum of €100,000 and a maximum of €500,000 per project. 

In addition, consortia working on these same themes can apply for financing to facilitate Cooperation for Innovations. A total budget for €1 million applies, with a minimum of €150,000 and a maximum of €1 million per project. Financing covers between 40% and 100% of eligible costs. Projects must be applied for by at least 2 parties, amongst which at least 1 farmer. The deadline is 7 October 2021.

POP3+ Groningen

POP3GRON runs until 2022. At the moment, subsidy can be requested specifically for non-productive investments aimed at strengthening biodiversity, including raising water levels and creating wetlands, either within or for the benefit of nature reserve Dwarsdiep. A total budget of € 8 million is available, meaning that with a minimum project size of € 4 million, two projects can receive funding. Submission is possible up to and including 30 July.

POP3+ Noord-Brabant

POP3NB is intended for non-productive investments for nature or biodiversity recovery measures. The focus is on restoring existing natural forests that have been damaged by nitrogen deposition from agriculture and making these forests on sandy soils more resilient to future nitrogen deposition. A total budget of € 2,544,000 is available. The grant rate is 100%. The scheme is closed.

POP3+ Noord-Holland

The Province of Noord-Holland is currently looking for new project ideas for the LEADER Kopkracht programme. Projects contribute to the sustainable development of the regional economy. Projects can cover the following themes:

  • Timely anticipation of demographic developments;
  • Stimulating the circular economy and sustainable energy;
  • Expanding and improving the (agro)tourism infrastructure.

Funding comprises 50% of eligible costs and amounts to between €50.000 and €300.000 per project. A total budget of €1,112,520 million is available. The deadline is 17 August.

In addition to the LEADER programme, the province will also make subsidies available for:

  • Relocation of glasshouse horticulture, project should be between €250,000 – €750,000, the total budget comprises € 3,750,000 and between 40-100% of total costs will be funded (deadline 24 September);
  • Cooperation for European Innovation Partnerschips, project should be between €80,000 – €250,000, the total budget comprises max. € 2,000,000 and between 25-60% of total costs will be funded (deadline 27 August);
  • Non-productive investments in water, projects should be at least €400,000, the total budget comprises € 1,000,000 and 100% of total project costs will be funded (deadline 29 October).

POP3+ Overijssel

The scheme for non-productive investments for biodiversity, nature, landscape, and hydrological measures against nitrogen deposition supports nature restoration measures. It explicitly concerns measures that protect the Natura 2000 network from nitrogen deposition and are included in the Natura 2000 management plans. Here too, a direct link to agriculture is necessary. The grant covers 100% of eligible costs. The total budget comprises €5,280,000. The scheme is closed.

In addition, from 2 August onwards, financing is available for Non-productive Investments Water in the areas Vecht/Vechtdal and/of Kramerswatergang. The total budget comprises €2,197,648.19 and covers 100% of eligible costs. The deadline is 1 October 2021.

POP3+ Utrecht

From 5 July onwards, grant applications can be submitted in the province of Utrecht for the programme ‘Cooperation for innovations EIP’. Funding is intended for consortia that want to write a project plan for new earning models with regard to nature-inclusive, climate-neutral, or circular agriculture, with the intention of bringing an innovative idea closer to practice. The following specific themes are eligible:

  • Shift from a cost reduction strategy to one of added value, with new market concepts, earning models, or added-value creation;
  • Reduction in the use of raw materials or a more closed cycle with the aim of reducing emissions of environmentally harmful substances and the depletion of resources and raw materials.
  • Climate mitigation;
  • Preservation and strengthening of biodiversity and environmental quality.

The total budget comprises € 600,000. Per project, the grant amounts to between €50,000 and €300,000. The deadline is 24 September 2021.

Water Boards, or consortia including a water board, can also request financing for Non-productive Investments Water in the following areas:

  • Hoogheemraadschap Amstel Gooi and Vecht: €880,000;
  • Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden (HDSR) €2,960,000;
  • Water Board Rivierenland €840,000.

Funding comprises at least €500,000 per project. The deadline is 15 October.

POP3+ Zeeland

POP3 Zeeland will open on 30 April. This grant is intended for non-productive investments in the rural area of Zeeland that are related to the (re)design, or transformation and management of the water system for agricultural, water, and climate goals. The investments must have a direct link to agriculture. A total budget of €2.5 million is available. The grant covers 100% of eligible costs. The deadline is 30 July 2021.

In addition, funding can be requested under the programme ‘Cooperation for innovations’. The grant is intended for consortia that want to bring an innovative idea closer to practice, pertaining to sustainable agriculture and/or improving biodiversity, and related to one or multiple of the following themes:

  • Shift from a cost reduction strategy to one of added value, with new market concepts, earning models, or added-value creation;
  • Managing production risks, strengthening the position of the primary producer in the supply chain, or reducing market failures;
  • Reduction in the use of raw materials or a more closed cycle with the aim of reducing emissions of environmentally harmful substances and the depletion of resources and raw materials;
  • Climate mitigation;
  • Climate adaptation;
  • Improving animal welfare and/or animal health, and reducing the health risks related to communicable diseases between humans and animals;
  • Preservation and strengthening of biodiversity and environmental quality;
  • Improving soil quality and sustainable use of fresh water.

The total budget comprises €1 million. Per project, the grant amounts to between €75,000 and €400,000. The deadline is 1 October 2021.

LEADERZE is the province of Zeeland’s variant of the LEADER projects. The programme will open on 30 April and focusses on partnerships between (government) organisations and (agricultural) entrepreneurs, and/or private individuals who aim to improve the Zeeland countryside. Participation of national governments is compulsory for these projects. A total budget of € 289,471.92 is available for central and northern Zeeland, and € 190,387.27 for Zeelandic Flanders. The deadline is 31 December 2022. 

POP3+ Zuid-Holland

The province of Zuid-Holland has also published several new POP3 grants. As of 7 June, grants can be requested for non-productive investments in the restoration or establishment of nature, biodiversity, and landscape in the Krimpenerwaard area. Applications must comprise at least €500,000. The total budget is €1.2 million. The scheme is closed.

Another €7 million is available for the improvement of water quality. This grant can be applied for, for example by the water boards, for the construction of nature-friendly banks and measures to counter subsidence. The budget is divided amongst the following management areas:

  • The Delfland Water Board: € 2.3 million;
  • Hoogheemraadschap van Schieland and Krimpenerwaard: € 1 million;
  • The Rijnland Water Board: € 2,160,000;
  • Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden: € 2 million.

Again, applications must comprise at least €500,000. The deadline was 17 July 2021.

 

 

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