• Damon Butcher

Farming Transformation Fund: Improving Farm Productivity Grant

Updated: Mar 9

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Summary:

Get a grant for innovative farming equipment that increases productivity and improves the environment.


Close date: 16/03/2022

Maximum Funding (SMEs): £500,000

Funding Percentage: 40%

Collaboration: Single

Funding Type: Innovation Grant

Fund Provider(s): RPA

Industry: Farming, Net Zero


 



Who can apply:


You can apply if your:

  • project is in England

  • estimated project costs are over £87,500

  • If you are an agricultural contractor, your business address must be registered in England. And you can only use the grant for buying robotics and innovative farming equipment.

What the grant is for

  • Slurry treatment equipment

  • The grant can pay up to 40% of the costs for:

  • mild acidification equipment (all projects must buy acid storage, dosing equipment, mixing tank and pump)

  • acidification infrastructure (for example, any work to adapt or install pipework, pumps etc to get slurry into the acidification system and then out to storage)

  • Robotics and innovation equipment

The grant can pay up to 40% of the costs for:

  • robotic horticulture and arable equipment (for example, robotic weeding, robotic harvesting)

  • robotic animal welfare equipment (for example, robotic milking, robotic feeding)

  • advanced ventilation control systems for existing horticultural and livestock buildings

  • wavelength-specific LED lighting for horticultural crops.

  • Reducing environmental impacts is a key aim of the scheme. Therefore, robotic equipment utilising an electric or renewable energy source will be prioritised over fossil fuel (for example diesel) powered equipment. Biofuels are considered as renewable energy under this scheme.

The minimum grant you can claim is £35,000 (40% of £87,500). The maximum grant per theme is £500,000 per applicant.

If you want to apply for both a slurry project and a robotics project, you need to submit 2 separate applications. The maximum grant amount across both projects is £500,000.


 

Link: Farming Transformation Fund Improving Farm Productivity grant

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