Round 3 of Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme
Today sees H&H Land & Estates welcome the final round of the highly sought after scheme which helps farmers purchase new equipment.
H&H Land & Estates today welcome the introduction of the third and final round of DEFRA’s Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme, which sees farmers able to apply for grants that help with the purchasing of productivity-boosting farming equipment. Allowing farmers to receive between £3,000 and £12,000 for the purchase of innovative new equipment, the scheme is intended to help farms improve their efficiency and environmental impact, and is open to all across dairy, livestock, arable and horticultural sectors.
Since its first introduction in January 2018, the scheme has proved to be highly sought after, and today’s announcement of a further £25 million brings the funding total across the three rounds to £60 million. An extensive list of equipment designed to help businesses save time and money is available under this small grant funding scheme, from the newest precision farming technology to equipment which can help reduce soil compaction or monitor ammonia levels in farm buildings.
Applications for grants in this final round can be made through the Rural Payments Agency, and the deadline for submissions is midday on Wednesday 4th November.
Having built up an enviable track record of securing grant funding on behalf of farming clients over the years, H&H Land & Estates have also worked with equipment suppliers in the past to benefit their customers.
On hearing today’s news, Tim Sedgewick, Associate Director and Head of Land Agency (North East & Yorkshire) for H&H Land and Estates, said:
“We are really encouraged by today’s announcement, though it is important for farmers to note that there is only a short window open for applications. Given the scheme’s huge popularity and success so far, it is expected the third round will prove no different.
“Already at H&H Land & Estates we play a very active role in helping advise local farmers on how they can move towards more efficient and sustainable farming practices, and this third round of grants will no doubt provide us with many more opportunities to help offer further advise.”
Having already provided invaluable benefit to so many farmers across the UK, this third wave of grants will also still be available to farmers who have previously secured funding in the first two rounds of the scheme, allowing them to streamline other aspects of their farming enterprise and move towards further sustainable practices.
Applications for the grant can be made through the Rural Payments Agency, and the deadline for submissions is midday on 4th November.