DEFRA have recently announced the opening of the third round of their Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme, with a £25 million pot to help farmers boost their productivity through business efficiencies, whilst helping the environment.
Arthey Associates director, Tom Arthey, says: “As the third round of this grant scheme becomes available, we are advising any of our clients who are looking to support increased productivity on their farm to see if any of their plans include equipment that qualifies for the funding, as this is likely to be the last opportunity under the current EU-based funding regime.
Under the scheme, farmers can apply for grants on equipment between £3,000 and £12,000, from livestock monitoring cameras to precision technology – anything that either boosts your farm’s efficiency and productivity, or supports the environment, can be applied for. The deadline for applications is 4th November 2020.
DEFRA also advises that farmers who have had previously successful grant applications in either of the previous two rounds of funding, can still apply for different pieces of kit in this final round, in what they say will encourage farmers to ‘streamline other elements of their business’ and ‘start the move towards farming more sustainably.’
Tom continues: “Whilst DEFRA have insisted that powers included in the new Agriculture Bill will allow the government to provide financial support to farmers to invest in equipment, infrastructure and technology, their focus is on this support aligning with their ‘public money for public goods’ and environmental focus, and farmers should definitely bear this in mind as they assess their future plans for their business and whether this final round of the Small Grant Scheme can benefit them.”
Should you require any advice in understanding what equipment can be grant funded or would like us to assist in making the application, please do not hesitate to contact Tom on 01832 270 269 or 07748 295 448, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.