Government small grants for Agriculture – claim window 7th February – 14th March 2018
On 7th February DEFRA published details of the Countryside Productivity Scheme, which will give grants for qualifying expenditure on forestry, water resource management, adding value and farm productivity.
Whilst the main productivity scheme has a minimum grant value of £35000 and a deadline of 31st December 2020, there is also an immediate small grants scheme with a very narrow application window of five weeks from 7th February. This will be available for:
- Farmers (but not contractors) who purchase new (not second-hand) equipment within one of 61 defined categories. Items must be purchased outright (not by HP or leasing).
There is a simple online application process and, since the grants are based on standard costs and specifications, there is no need to submit quotations.
The minimum claim under the small grant scheme is £3000 and the maximum is £12,000 with 40% of the expenditure being covered.
Eligible items include:
- Livestock handling, feeding and weighing equipment (39 categories)
- Precision farming GPS equipment, yield mapping and fertiliser rate control devices
- Some slurry handling and injection equipment
- Water ram pumps and hose reelers
- Seed drills of 3m or greater width
- Grain stirrers, dehumidifiers and temperature monitors
- Digital weather stations
- Wireless network repeaters
- Fibre optic networking for agricultural use
Further details and links to the application portal can be found here.
The full list of eligible equipment is at 'annex 3' to the handbook.
Various conditions apply, the main ones being that all the equipment within a claim must be purchased within 150 days of the application being approved, and none of it may be ordered or purchased before such approval
For further information about this and other grants please contact Joe Spencer.