The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced a new and final round of funding under the Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme, with a budget of £25 million guaranteed. The main aim of the scheme is to provide funding for farmers to purchase new equipment, which should consequently improve the productivity of their farm.
Farmers can apply for grants of between £3,000 to £12,000 to buy “innovative” equipment which will improve technical efficiency, animal health and welfare, resource efficiency or nutrient management. Some examples of the equipment available in this round of the scheme include cattle auto ID shedding gates, fixed sheep handling systems, GPS assisted steering and thermal image cameras.
Successful claimants under previous rounds of the scheme are still eligible to apply for this round for different items up to the scheme’s limit of £12,000 per farmer. There have been some changes to the specifications of some items included in the scheme and as before, specifications must be adhered to or the claim will be invalid.
There is a Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) Scheme Round 3 Handbook, which can be accessed here and contains details of equipment that can be purchased under this scheme, as well as the application process.
Round 3 of the scheme opened on 7th October 2020 with a deadline of noon on 4th November 2020. Applications can be submitted online at www.cpsmall.org.uk, with successful applicants receiving an email after the round closes to confirm that they have been approved. It is important not to order or buy any equipment before receiving confirmation that your application has been accepted, or the claim becomes ineligible.
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