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Before making an application, you should complete a feasibility study that includes details of:
Before making an application you must have a feasibility study and be able to provide a minuted agreement to proceed with the option explored in the study. The feasibility study must include the details covered above.
Applicants must have engaged an engineering consultant or be in the process of engaging one to carry out the detailed design work. The engineering consultant must assist the applicant in completing the application form.
Before making an application, you should have consulted with and included other parties in the proposed project and be able to demonstrate their support.
Before making an application it is recommended you discuss the application with the CIF Fund Adviser (04 894 0632).
The application form includes instructions on how to fill it out, and guidelines on answering specific questions.
2011/12 application form
An authorised agent of the Applicant Group must submit the application electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 18 February 2011.
Please put the scheme or water strategy name in the subject line of your e-mail.
Community scheme applications must be accompanied by a feasibility report (or similar) for the proposed scheme.
The assessment process is based on the information provided by applicants in the application form. A panel consisting of MAF staff and external experts will assess applications.
The panel's recommendations will be the basis for recommending funding. The Deputy Director General (Policy) will make the final funding decisions on behalf of MAF. The Minister for Agriculture is not involved in this decision-making process.
You should note that:
Applications will be prioritised on the degree to which they:
A two-stage assessment process is used.
At stage one, the preliminary assessment, applications will be judged on the degree to which they:
At stage two, the main assessment, applications will be prioritised on:
Applications will be prioritised on:
You will be informed within two months of submitting your application, whether you were successful or not.
If your application is successful, your project team will need to commit to the following obligations:
MAF will pay grants in three instalments during the year: August, December and April. The exception to this is the initial payment, which will occur in July. Your project’s Financial Manager (who must not be the Project Manager) must certify that claims for payments are correct.
Claims for payments must be supported by progress reports from the project team detailing how funds have been spent, and giving an update of the project’s achievements and direction. These are due with the CIF each July, November, and March (i.e. one month before the next grant instalment is due to be paid). A final report on the project’s achievements and future plans is required one month before the final grant is paid. MAF may withhold the final payment until a satisfactory final report of achievements and accounts has been received.
A sample of projects may be audited on both financial management and progress achievement(s). Proof of expenditure (e.g. invoices) must be available for audit but do not need to be submitted with a claim. You must keep proper accounts for audit purposes. MAF may ask you to supply a copy of accounts with any of your claims for payment