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Earlier this week the Rural Payments Agency released details of The Animal Health and Welfare Infrastructure grant. Our clients and the wider agricultural community may be interested in this grant, even though it isn’t open to applications until later this summer – since the potential grants are significant, focused in a key area and there haven’t been many grants for agricultural buildings before.
An overview of the Animal Health and Welfare Infrastructure grant
Key aspects, include:
|Grant size||Between £15,000 and £500,000|
|Projects – general||Providing animals with improved health and welfare through large infrastructure projects|
|Projects – initial focus||Despite the grant initially being available for cattle owners to co-fund new and upgraded calf housing, the grant could be used for:
|Projects – future||In time, the offer will be extended to include grants for adult cattle, pig and poultry housing|
More details on Calf Housing for Health and Welfare 2023
|Who can apply||You can apply for a grant if
|Vet consultation required||To apply, you need to discuss your project with a vet and include a letter of confirmation with your full application. One option is to apply for an Annual Health and Welfare Review|
|Grant/ Grant intervention rates||
Grant intervention rates are limited to 40% of eligible costs of a project. (Note: The scheme will only cover 25% of eligible costs for rooftop solar PV panels.)
|Grant specifications||Grant specifications can be found here.|
Making an application
Application guidance for The Animal Health and Welfare Infrastructure grant can be found here. The application is a three stage process, starting with an online checker and an ambient environment assessment. This is prior to the full application.
How can we help?
Our Agricultural team act for clients range across the whole sector, including horticultural producers, dairy, livestock and arable farms. To find out more about how our team can help or get in touch, click here.
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