£15m in grants for farm tech and equipment up for grabs

The second round of the Government's Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme, intended to help farmers in England invest in agricultural equipment, has reopened.

Image: Max Pixel (CC0)
Image: Max Pixel (CC0)

Open to all farming sectors, the 40% grant is for a minimum of £3,000 (i.e. minimum £7,500 total spend) and up to a maximum of £12,000 (£30,000 total spend).

The scheme covers over 85 different kinds of agricultural equipment, 26 more than in the previous round, including electronic scales, mobile vertical frost fans, thermal image cameras and fruit ripeness spectrometers.

Each eligible item has a minimum specification and has been allocated a standard cost, towards which the grant will pay 40%.

The window for applications lasts only eight weeks, closing at midday on 3 September.

Beth Hanson, rural professional at estate agent McCartneys, said: "The available funding could really help drive improvements in animal health and welfare, resource efficiency or nutrient management - all of these areas are likely to be fundamental post-Brexit."

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