Second round of grants now open to flood-hit growers

Defra has this week extended a scheme to compensate farmers hit by the recent winter floods.

Image: USDA
Image: USDA

Under phase two of the Farming Recovery Fund, farmers have until 27 June to apply for grants of up to £35,000, intended to help get their land back into production.

Phase one of the £10 million scheme, announced in February, has already been accepting claims of up to £5,000.

"However, we have kept money in reserve for the worst affected farmers who needed longer to assess the extent of flood damage once the land had dried out," Defra explained in a statement.

Farmers who have already applied for the first grant can also apply for the second larger grant, up to a collective total of £35,000.

The application form and guidance notes are available on the Defra website. The department says it aims to turn around applications within two weeks.


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