Livestock handling equipment, robotic milking parlours and GPS technology are amongst items now being supported by the LEADER grant scheme with up to 40% grant funding on offer. The basis of the grant  funding is to increase agricultural productivity and animal welfare.  Funding is also being streamed towards supporting farm diversification  projects, produce processing and farm tourism.

A recent successful LEADER award for a Greenslade Taylor Hunt client included the purchase of a new precision direct drill to minimise soil  compaction, reduce cultivation costs and ultimately boost profits. The applicant received nearly £15,000 of funding, representing a huge 40% of the purchase cost and allowing for a significant boost in the efficiency of cultivations.

Agricultural surveyor James Wotton from Greenslade Taylor Hunt said:  “LEADER grants have started to move into focus for agricultural businesses with grants ranging from £2,500 to £100,000.

“The scheme has always been overshadowed by a complex application process, however with considerable rural grant funding expertise, our latest successful applicant should have the funds in their account within three months of our initial meeting.”

The scheme is administered by Local Action Groups (LAGs) who will consider a huge variety of projects that boost agricultural and forestry  productivity, improve animal welfare or promote farm diversification.

If you have a project that you think may be eligible and would like to discuss LEADER grants further, please contact a member of the GTH Rural Professional Departments.

For Somerset call 01278 410250 or email: james.wotton@gth.net 
For Devon call 01884 243000 or email: kirsty.short@gth.net
For Yeovil and Dorset call 01935 423474 or email: jamie.batt@gth.net