Farming Transformation Fund Improving Farm Productivity grant

Key Features

Apply for up to 40% of the costs for innovative farming equipment that increases productivity and improves the environment.

Programme:     Rural Payments Agency

Award:     Up to £500,000

Opens: 19th Jan 2022

Closes: 16th Mar 2022

! This scheme is now closed

Overview

Apply for up to 40% of the costs for innovative farming equipment that increases productivity and improves the environment.

What The Grant Is For

Slurry treatment equipment

The grant can pay up to 40% of the costs for:

  • mild acidification equipment (all projects must buy acid storage, dosing equipment, mixing tank and pump)
  • acidification infrastructure (for example, any work to adapt or install pipework, pumps etc to get slurry into the acidification system and then out to storage)

Robotics and innovation equipment

The grant can pay up to 40% of the costs for:

  • robotic horticulture and arable equipment (for example, robotic weeding, robotic harvesting)
  • robotic animal welfare equipment (for example, robotic milking, robotic feeding)
  • advanced ventilation control systems for existing horticultural and livestock buildings
  • wavelength-specific LED lighting for horticultural crops.

Reducing environmental impacts is a key aim of the scheme. Therefore, robotic equipment utilising an electric or renewable energy source will be prioritised over fossil fuel (for example diesel) powered equipment. Biofuels are considered as renewable energy under this scheme.

 

 

Who Can Apply

You can apply if your:

  • project is in England
  • estimated project costs are over £87,500

If you are an agricultural contractor, your business address must be registered in England. And you can only use the grant for buying robotics and innovative farming equipment.

You should read the Farming Transformation Fund Improving Farm Productivity grant manual before you apply.

Funding Costs

The minimum grant you can claim is £35,000 (40% of £87,500). The maximum grant per theme is £500,000 per applicant.

If you want to apply for both a slurry project and a robotics project, you need to submit 2 separate applications. The maximum grant amount across both projects is £500,000.

 

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