Generous new grants launched to increase productivity on your farm
Are you considering investing in your agricultural or horticultural business? If so, you may be able to access grant funding to assist with the capital cost of the project.
Late last year we let you know about the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) and the Farming Investment Fund (FIF) – Water Management theme.
There was a good deal of interest in both funds and have made several applications on behalf of clients, particularly for the FETF.
While the application windows for these have now closed, Defra has now confirmed future rounds of the FETF and has opened the application window for the next FIF theme – Improving Farm Productivity.
Also announced is a third theme ‘Adding Value’ which will open for grant applications in the spring of 2022.
The ‘Adding Value’ theme is aimed at food production, which will be of particular interest to our clients with existing diversified businesses or those seeking to add value to their existing product. We will provide more information on this as it is released.
The Improving Farm Productivity Theme is available for applications now from farming, horticultural and contracting businesses. The fund is available to assist projects which 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 (improved nutrient management, reduced ammonia emissions).
The minimum grant available is £35,000 (40% of £87,500) with a maximum of £500,000 per applicant.
Examples of eligible items include:
- Robotic harvesting/weeding/spraying equipment
- Autonomous driverless tractors and platforms
- Voluntary robotic milking systems
- Robotic feeding systems
- Advanced ventilation control units
- Wavelength-specific LED lighting for horticultural crops
- Slurry – mild acidification equipment – which can also include items such as dribble bars, trailing shoes, shallow injection equipment and real-time online nutrient analysis of slurry; proving it is purchased with the acidification system.
The FIF is a competitive grant and will be assessed on how well the project meets the criteria. The deadline for the initial eligibility check is 16th March 2022. For the best chance of being successful, early engagement is advised. Please contact us to discuss a potential application.
The Farming Investment Fund is a great opportunity for assistance with the initial capital burden of an investment to futureproof your business.
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