Countryside Productivity Grants
The new £5m Countryside Productivity Scheme was launched this month to replace the former Farming and Forestry Improvement scheme (FFIS).
It is a competitive scheme, based on points, which offers funding for up to 40% of the capital costs of a variety of forestry and farming equipment. There are split into two categories - either a Small Grant (£2,500 - £35,000) or Large Grant (£35,000 - £100,000).
Aimed at increasing farming productivity, items listed for funding include static handling and weighing systems for dairy and sheep; sensors and hardware to increase pig production; water management systems to improve farm irrigations systems; general livestock items such as LED lighting; injection systems to aid slurry management and grants to aid remote crop sensing equipment and robotic grants for mechanical weed control.
The deadline for applications is 30 June.
Another scheme under Countryside Stewardship is a facilitation fund for landscape applications which has been launched to encourage co-operation between a minimum of four farmers in order to carry out beneficial management over a large area (more than 2,000 hectares). Applications need to be in by 30 April.
Another scheme is the Prince's Countryside Fund, offering project grants of up to £50,000, with the aim of creating a long-term positive impact on rural communities and enterprise.
Water capital grants are now available as part of the government’s wider Countryside Stewardship scheme. The Catchment Sensitive Farming project will continue to manage the water grant applications. Farmers and land managers can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per holding for infrastructure works to help reduce water pollution from agriculture. Applications need to be in by the 30th April.
Applications will only be accepted from farms in a priority catchment target area. Capital items are one-off payments towards the cost of certain items or activities, e.g. preventing livestock access to watercourses by erecting watercourse fencing and providing drinking troughs as an alternative to watercourse drinking for livestock.
If you are interested in any of these grants, please give us a call and we can prepare an application and apply on your behalf.