The Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme Round 2 is now available for all farm types including livestock, horticulture and arable businesses, with a total of £15 million available.
For Round 2 funding:
· 26 new items have been added to the list of equipment available
· applicants for Round 1 funding can also submit a new application to receive funding in Round 2. The total value of both applications must not be more than £12,000
· successful applicants will need to provide photos of the items working on their farm
Countryside Productivity Scheme
The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy.
It is administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).
Under the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme, there are grants for:
· small grants
· water resource management and reservoirs
· improving forestry productivity
· adding value to Agri-food
· improving farm productivity
The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Government guarantees about funding after the UK leaves the EU
The government has guaranteed funding for RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme grants if these are agreed and signed before the UK’s departure from the EU, even if the grant agreements continue after we have left the EU. This is subject to projects meeting the following conditions when the application is assessed:
· they are good value for money
· they are in line with domestic strategic priorities
Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme
The RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. The scheme is different to other parts of the Countryside Productivity scheme as it uses an online application process and is targeted at supporting investment for specific pieces of agricultural equipment.
The Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme Round 2 is now open.
Farmers can apply for funding towards specific items of equipment listed at Annex 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme Round 2 handbook.
All the items have been identified following consultation with industry groups and suppliers as helping achieve improvements in either:
· technical efficiency
· animal health and welfare
· resource efficiency, or
· nutrient management
Who can apply
Farmers (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) can apply for this grant.
When you can apply
The Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme Round 2 is open between 9 July 2019 and midday on 3 September 2019.
Please remember to check your details on the Rural Payments service before you apply for this grant. You must make sure they exactly match with the details in your application form, or your application will be rejected.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying contact Andrew Dickins or Tabby Bentley at our Bedale office to see how they can help you! 01677 425950