The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has opened today for applications, with an overall budget of £60m with a closing date for applications at midday on 14th March 2018.

Many of the items eligible for funding are highly relevant to the dairy sector, including specialist foot trimming crushes and calving detectors, but there is a range of innovative items from which the majority of farmers can find something they would want to apply for.

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and are available for:

  • Water resource management and reservoirs
  • Improving forestry productivity
  • Adding value to Agri-food
  • Improving farm productivity
  • Small grants

Farmers can apply online to the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme, requesting a grant between £3,000 and £12,000 towards the costs of farm equipment.

If you have any queries or want Butler Sherborn to submit an application on your behalf please call Georgina Bush or Jonathan Malings 01285 883740.

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