Applications now open for Improving Farm Productivity grants - PKF Francis Clark
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Applications now open for Improving Farm Productivity grants

The Improving Farm Productivity grant scheme opened for applications on Wednesday 19 January and based on the number of enquires my colleagues and I have had about this scheme already, there appears to be pent up demand.

As a reminder the Improving Farm Productivity grant scheme is part of the Farming Transformation Fund which also includes two other themes: Water Management and Adding Value. The Water Management theme is already open for applications and the Adding Value theme, aimed at adding value in food production, will be available in Spring 2022.

Improving Farm Productivity – application process

There is a 2-stage application process:

 

Stage Overview More details
1 Online Eligibility checker to:

  • check if you can apply for a grant for your project (takes about 5 minutes)
  • check how well your project fits the funding priorities (takes about 15 minutes if you have all the project details)

The online checker opens today and will remain open until the 16 March 2022.

You can apply if you:

  • are a farming or agricultural contracting business registered in England
  • will do the grant-funded work in England
  • estimate the project costs are over £87,500

See below for indication of projects sought.

2 Full application Those who are invited to make a full application will have until 14 September 2022 to do so.

If planning permission is then required for the project to proceed, this will need to be in place by 31 December 2022.

Improving Farm Productivity – projects sought

The grants awarded through improving farm productivity will pay for capital items to improve farm and horticulture productivity through:

  • the use of robotic or autonomous equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production
  • the installation of slurry acidification equipment (to improve nutrient management and reduce ammonia emissions)

The minimum grant is £35,000; the maximum grant available under this theme is £500,000 per applicant.

More details and links to a webinar

Defra’s blog contains links to a lot more background information and details about the Farm Productivity grant scheme.

Defra is hosting a webinar on Tuesday 25 January at 10am, where policy leads will discuss the details of the Improving Farm Productivity theme. To sign up, click here.

I and/ or a colleague will be signing up to the webinar and will update this blog with any salient information gleaned – but I would recommend you sign up to watch and potentially raise questions nonetheless if you think the scheme may be appropriate.

PKF Francis Clark

We have a number of people within PKF Francis Clark with experience in assisting clients in making grant applications and if you would like to speak to them re a potential project please make contact with your usual point of contact at the firm.

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