Category: Grants & Subsidies

Basic Payment Scheme 2021

Basic payment scheme 2021 - Liver fluke in sheep and cows

Agricultural Funding for Infrastructure, equipment and technology available to improve farm productivity and to benefit the environment. Basic Payment Scheme 2021 – Direct Payments Changing to Productivity and Environment Improvement Payments The basic payment scheme is being phased out starting in 2021 and a new incentive is being introduced which rewards farmers and land managers while delivering additional public goods that improve the environment and sustainability. Victoria Prentis, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)…

Agri-Environment Schemes

Agri-Environment Schemes

Environmental Land Management Schemes The environmentally-focused agricultural schemes are changing, three new Agri-Environment schemes have now been introduced to incentivise farmers for environmental measures. The three new Agri-Environment Schemes are: Sustainable Farming Incentive Local Nature Recovery schemes  Landscape Recovery scheme These schemes are designed to support farmers improve the environment, sustainability of farming, farm productivity and profitability. In addition to achieving the outlined 25 Year Environmental Plan target: Protection of 30% of land in the UK by 2030 and Net…

Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farming in Protected Landscapes

This new Farming in Protected Landscapes Scheme is open to farmers and land managers and offers funding to be used to improve Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), National Parks and the Broads. It is not an agri-environment scheme. The Protected Landscape bodies will provide money to support farmers from 2021, especially upland farmers (75% of upland farmers land is in protected Landscapes). The funding is available for improving the natural environment, public access and cultural heritage for farmers and…

Welsh Farm Business Grant

Welsh Farm Business Grant

Welsh Farm Business Grant 2020 Applications are now open for the Welsh Farm Business Grant to be eligible you need to be registered with Farming Connect and Rural Payments Wales. To be eligible to register with Farming Connect you need to be an active farmer with at least 3ha of registered eligible agricultural land, a (CRN) Customer Reference Number and (CPH) Welsh County Parish Holding. The Welsh Farm Business Grant provides a 40% contribution towards capital investments for machinery and…

Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS)

Severn Trent

As part of a five-year investment plan running from 2015 – 2020, Severn Trent Water (STW) invites farmers to apply for grants of up to £5000, under the Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS). These grants are for changes to land management and infrastructure projects and aim to support improvements that go beyond agricultural good practice, in order to protect and improve watercourses, as well as the wider environment. Severn Trent Application process The Severn Trent grant application process is…

Farm Development Grants

Farm Development Grants

Despite the looming changes to farm payments post-Brexit and less security of receiving the farm payments in a timely manner, there are still farm grants available. There are grants available across farming and rural businesses to support improvements in efficiency, health, and welfare. Opportunities for development have expanded into broader areas of rural businesses to improve sustainability, efficiency & growth, where previously they were more focused towards farming alone. Unfortunately, this hasn’t made the application process any easier. The Leader Scheme…