Important information for farmers
Thursday, 08 February 2018
New small grants government initiative announced for farmers – claim window 7 February – 14 March 2018
On 7 February DEFRA published details in the Countryside Productivity Scheme about 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 £35,000 and a deadline of 31 December 2020, there is also an immediate small grants scheme with a short claim window of five weeks, starting 7 February.
This will be available strictly for farmers only who purchase brand new equipment within one of 61 defined categories. 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 £3,000 and the maximum is £12,000 with 40% of the expenditure being covered. To be eligible, all items that are purchased must be purchased outright, and not via leasing or hire purchase schemes.
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
The full list of eligible equipment can be found on page 39 of 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. No equipment can be purchased before approval is granted.
If you would like to find out more information, please contact your usual Larking Gowen contact, or call
0330 024 0888