2 new Countryside Productivity Scheme Grants

Countryside Productivity Scheme

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy.  It is administered by the Rural Payments Agency.

2 new grants under the scheme are:-

Adding value to Agri-food products (application deadline 29th June 2018)

Grants to fund projects that improve the processing of primary agricultural products (i.e. Annex I products), benefiting the Agri-food supply chain which will in turn improve farm productivity.

Improving Farm Productivity (application deadline 3rd December 2018)

Grants to fund projects that improve farm productivity through the use of robotic equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production; increasing the use of renewable energy produced on farm; the use of LED wavelength controlled lighting to aid crop production; more efficient use of livestock slurries and manures, and digestate.

Under the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme, the existing grants are for:

  • Improving forestry productivity (application deadline 3rd April 2018)
  • Water resource management and reservoirs (application deadline 29th June 2018) 

For full details go to:- www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme 

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).