Woodland Carbon Fund – Application Form
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Appendix 1 Application Guidance
This section provides further information about the Woodland Carbon Fund and should
be read in conjunction with the terms and conditions for the grant.
Woodland Creation Planning Grant
Applications received with a Woodland Creation Planning Grant application form will not
be eligible for the Woodland Carbon Fund but will be assigned a Woodland Creation
Officer for the WCPG application. If the WCPG passes Stage 1, the proposal will then
become eligible for a WCF ‘in principle’ decision.
We welcome partnership, landscape-scale woodland creation applications where the land
may be held by multiple ownerships. In such cases you will need to submit written
consent from all landowners, nominating you as the “lead applicant” for this WCF
application. Any and all grant payments will be paid only to the lead applicant (or their
agent, if specifically authorised to receive grant payments via an agent authority form).
In Principle Decisions
If you submit your application with a WCPG stage 1 checklist or draft woodland creation
design plan then WCF funding will only be allocated in principle. This decision will be
made within 3 months of the application being received. A final agreement will be issued
once a completed woodland creation design plan has been prepared and the subsequent
EIA process completed. The WCF application form and WCF grant calculator must be
reviewed following completion of the woodland creation design plan to account for any
changes in the design of the woodland. The value of the WCF application can increase
by up to 15% subject to availability of funds. You should therefore ensure that the
application form and grant calculator that you submit for an in principle decision are as
informed and accurate as possible.
If you submit your application with written confirmation that EIA consent is grant or not
required, and/or a UKFS-compliant woodland creation design plan, you will be eligible to
receive a formal decision on grant funding. Formal decisions will be made within one
month, subject to a 28-day public consultation period. Claims for payment cannot
exceed the value of the formal agreement offer; as such it is crucial that the application
form and grant calculator are reviewed to ensure they are correct before a formal
agreement offer is accepted.
Planting seasons and claim years
The planting season is taken as October to March. We expect planting to take place
within two years of the agreement date, subject to regulatory consent, and may
withdraw the offer of grant if this period is exceeded.
We will only accept claims that meet the basic area requirements for the scheme.
Principally, we will not accept claims for planting less than 10 hectares (gross area).
This means that schemes smaller than 20 hectares will only be eligible to submit a
single claim, for example.