The Countryside Productivity Scheme opened for applications on 1 August 2017 for foresters for projects to improve productivity, and arable farmers and horticultural businesses for water resource management projects.
The grants are for a minimum of £35,000 and can cover up to 40% of the eligible costs of a project. The maximum grant per project is normally £1 million. The deadline for applications is 3 April 2018. Any planning consents or water extraction licences that are required must be in place before applying.
The scheme is part of a £200 million round of funding to support rural businesses investing in new equipment; to help farmers and foresters with projects to improve farm productivity; and to help provide superfast broadband services at speeds of 30Mbps or faster where this is not available or planned. Defra say details of the support package to help other rural businesses invest in new equipment and the support to improve rural broadband will be announced later this year.
Please contact Brian Dinnis on 01884 214052 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or if you need assistance applying for funding.