New Grants Available For Agricultural Equipment

18 November 2021 News

£27 million for farmers to boost productivity

Farmers will benefit from a £27 million pot to adopt innovative new technology and invest in productivity-boosting equipment as the Farming Investment Fund opens today (Tuesday 16 November).

Farmers, foresters and growers from across England are urged to apply for grants to buy new equipment and infrastructure to help to improve efficiency and help us build back greener.

This could include solar powered electric fences, water treatment systems that use ultraviolet light rather than chemicals and cameras for monitoring livestock.

The fund will be split across two strands. Firstly, the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund will focus on smaller grants for equipment from a set list including electronic seeders and chemical-free disinfection systems.

Secondly, the Farming Transformation Fund will cover more substantial technology, with the potential to transform business performance. This strand will focus initially on water management with grants available to improve water use on farms for things like crops irrigation and constructing on-farm reservoirs.

Eligible applicants involved in the production or processing of agricultural, horticultural or forestry products, who are based in England, can apply for a grant. Applicants are urged to make note of the differing deadlines for both strands of the fund.

The deadline for Farming Equipment and Technology Fund is the 7 January 2022 at midday. The application portal, which includes the eligibility checker, for the Farming Transformation Fund will open from today until the 12 January 2022, with the deadline to complete full applications by 30 June 2022.

Applications for the Farming Transformation Fund can be made online with a new online eligibility checker to improve the application process for these grants.

 

Greencrop are suppliers of many of the grant aided products including;

· Irrigation sensor

· Slurry separators

· Flow Rate Monitoring of slurry

· Real time inline nutrient analysis of slurry

· Nurse Tank minimum capacity 50 m3

· Nurse tank minimum capacity 100 m3

· Dribble Bar minimum working width 6 m

· Dribble Bar minimum working width 10 m

· Shallow Injection Systems 3 m working width

· Shallow Injection Systems minimum 6 m working width

· Trailing Shoe Slurry System 6 m

· Trailing Shoe Slurry System over 8 m

· Umbilical Hose Reeler for slurry application

· Trailed Compartmented Reeler for slurry application

· Variable Speed Drive for pumps and electric motors

How is FETF different to the Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) scheme?

The FETF is similar to the CPSG scheme, with some key enhancements:

  • The FETF is domestically funded while the CPSG scheme was EU funded under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).
  • The aims and objectives of the scheme are different for FETF than they were for CPSG – see the ‘What the grant is for’ section for details.
  • The minimum grant value has reduced to £2,000 and the maximum grant value has increased to £25,000. You can apply for a total of £50,000 over the scheme’s duration, for example if there were two rounds you could apply for £25,000 in each round.
  • Any funding received under the previous CPSG scheme won’t count towards the £50,000 total.
  • Farmers, horticulturalists, forestry owners and contractors to the industry are eligible to apply.
  • The list of Items that can be applied for has been reviewed and updated. The Item specifications may have changed for Items that were previously available under CPSG, so you will need to check these carefully
  • The online application and acceptance portals have been reviewed and updated to reflect changes in the scheme and to be more user friendly.