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New £60million Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme open for applications

The government has launched a new Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme to help rural businesses and farmers in England purchase equipment and machinery – but the clock is ticking with the application deadline just a few weeks away. Lodders’ head of agriculture, James Spreckley, explains:

Farmers can apply for funding under a new grant scheme launched by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and RDPE (Rural Development Programme for England Network) last week (7th February 2018).

The scheme is funded through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development via the RDPE and is aimed at helping farmers to buy new equipment that will help them to embark on innovative and ambitious projects and improve productivity.

The £60million scheme provides funding for projects in England that improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors as well as helps create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

The fund will provide grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to put towards equipment costs, with grants available for:

  • water resource management and reservoirs
  • improving forestry productivity
  • adding value to Agri-food
  • improving farm productivity
  • small grants.

Apply now

Applications are now open, and the closing date for bids is just a few weeks away – Wednesday 14th March 2018 (midday).

Applications can be made online via the Government website: where there are full details of the grant’s eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Farming minister George Eustice announced the scheme at the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmer’s Dairy Tech 2018 event in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, last week. this is a very positive step by the government to provide much-needed financial support to farmers and farm businesses in England, and importantly, specifically for those schemes that could stimulate job creation and growth in the rural economy.

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