On 7 October Defra announced that £25 million has been made available to farmers through The Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme Round 3, which is now open for applications until mid-day on 4 November 2020.
Farmers can apply for small grants to support the productivity of their business by improving four targeted areas:
– technical efficiency
– animal health and welfare
– resource efficiency
– nutrient management
Funding is available through the RPA to cover 40% of the standard cost of a set list of equipment and resources, except in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, where grant support covers 50%. The minimum grant is £3,000 and the maximum available to one business is £12,000.
“These CPSGs provide a great opportunity to upgrade existing farm equipment, or to support a planned system change on the farm,” says Richard Sanders of Acorn RPC.
“Farmers who have already received some funding through the CPSG scheme should not be put off either – if you have claimed £9,000 or under in Rounds 1 and 2, then you are eligible to apply for the remainder of your £12,000 allowance in Round 3.”
For further information or assistance in preparing a grant application, please contact Isabella Pyne or Richard Sanders.