23 August 2002

How RABI/FWgrant scheme can mean cash for you

More than 400 people contacted The Royal Agricultural

Benevolent Institution/farmers weekly Grant Scheme hotline

in its first 12 weeks. More than £120,000 was given out in

that time, but more grants will be made over the next few

months. Heres how you could benefit

RABI and farmers weekly have teamed up to offer hard-pressed farming families across the UK a helping hand with household bills or other domestic expenses.

Our ground-breaking Grant Scheme, which is fully confidential, can offer the free cash boost youre looking for in these tough times.

Many farming families are facing such pressures at the moment, possibly as a result of foot-and-mouth or low returns in the arable sector.

Whatever your circumstances, however, the RABI/FW Grant Scheme could make a big difference, relieving some of your immediate financial worries.

The grants can be a single lump sum or a series of payments. And while the RABIs charter (and Charities Commission rules) mean this financial support cannot cover business expenses, essential expenditure on the family home is eligible.

This scheme can, therefore, provide money for a huge variety of items, such as fuel, telephone and food bills.

Farming families are, and always have been, proud, resilient and independent and you may view asking for support as a sign of failure. But try not to.

For generations, farmers have worked incredibly hard for modest rewards. And the current circumstances are exceptional, with a whole series of events having conspired against the industry. Incomes have dropped to their lowest for generations, bringing money worries to homes where such worries have never occurred before.

People who have already been helped by RABI cash say the hardest part was asking in the first place. Once theyve done that, they often experience a huge sense of relief.

If you think youd benefit, please dont delay. Get in touch now. Farmers, farm managers, farm workers and their families are all eligible to apply.

Application is, of course, no guarantee of approval. But all applications will be carefully considered in a bid to ensure money is dispatched to as many of those who are eligible as possible.

To apply, call the relevant number and a member of RABIs experienced, trained and sympathetic staff will send you details and an application form.

Many thousands of people have already taken advantage of RABI cash. Members of the public donated the money generously to RABI to help farmers because they know what a vital role you play in feeding the nation and caring for the countryside.

They gave it to RABI to give to you. Thats what its there for. The RABI/FW Grant Scheme will hopefully help play a part in this process.

&#8226 In Scotland, a similar Scheme for those affected by foot-and-mouth is available via the Royal Scottish Agri-cultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI).

RABI background

RABI is a national charity, dedicated to supporting farming families who are suffering hardship. Founded in 1860, it covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. RABI has helped over 8000 farming families since the foot-and-mouth epidemic began, as well as continuing to provide regular grants and assistance to an increasing number of elderly or disabled beneficiaries.

&#8226 England, Wales or Northern Ireland residents should ring 01865-727888.

&#8226 Scotland residents should ring 0131-333 1023.