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Improving Farm Productivity Grant: Round 2 

February 2024

Applications have now opened for the second round of the Improving Farm Productivity Grant. The grant forms part of the Farming Investment Fund and aims to improve farm and horticulture productivity by contributing towards capital items including robotic and automatic and solar equipment. 

You can apply for this grant providing you are a farmer or horticulturist in England. Contractors can apply for the Farm Productivity grant too.

The grant splits applications into the following:

Farm Productivity Grants
The Farm Productivity Grant can be used to help fund robotic or automatic equipment. RPA’s list of examples include harvesting technology, weeding technology, robotic spraying technology, driverless tractors or platforms, voluntary robotic milking system, feeding robots, transplanting technology and slurry robots. 

The grant will fund 50% of the cost of the items, the minimum grant available is £25,000 and the maximum grant is £500,000. 

Solar Grants
The installation of solar PV equipment to increase energy resilience and the take-up of renewable energy generation on farm. Examples include solar PV panels, solar batteries, inverters, utility meters, electrical grid connections and diverters. 

The grant will fund 25% of the cost of items, the minimum grant available is £15,000 and the maximum grant is £100,000. 

Applicants can apply for both a Farm Productivity and Solar grant however you must submit an application for each grant and the maximum total grant across both submitted applications is £500,000. 

The Rural Payment Agency (RPA) will prioritise funding for projects which will improve productivity, the environment, innovation and technology which addresses labour shortages. The grant is competitive which means the more each project meets the aforementioned priorities, the more likely the application will be successful.  

So what can GTH do for you?
  • Provide practical advice as to what will work for you and your business
  • Assess whether your business and project will meet the grant’s requirements  
  •  Assist you in the application process to ease the process and to increase your application’s success
The deadline for the first stage of the application is the 21st March 2024.

Our team is assisting with applications across the South West, and if you would like to explore the funding options available for you, please get in touch with our specialists in your nearest office or find more information here

Dorset 
Dorchester 01305 268786

Somerset
Bristol, Redhill 0117 203 5577
Burnham-on-Sea 01278 765588
Chard 01460 238383
Sedgemoor 01278 410250
Yeovil 01935 415300

Devon
Honiton 01404 46222
Ivybridge 01752 393737
Tiverton 01884 243000

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