Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme

Rural Development Programme – Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme

Applications open until 4th November 2020

 

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm.

The scheme uses a simple online application process and is targeted at specific pieces of agricultural equipment.

Agricultural and horticultural contractors are not eligible to apply for the grant.

The minimum grant is £3,000 up to a maximum of £12,000 covering up to 40% of the eligible costs in your application.

You do not need to provide quotes for any of the items. Each item has a standard cost which is the maximum amount that will be eligible for grant funding. You must have funds available to pay for the items upfront.

Applicants who applied in Round 1 & 2 are eligible to apply again provided have not exceeded the maximum of £12,000 in the previous grants.

Examples of items available:

  • Cattle crush (automatic or manual)
  • Auto calf feeder with washing facility
  • Electronic weigh scales (all systems)
  • EID hand-held devices
  • Heat recovery unit/plate cooler
  • Robotic Slurry Pusher

(only items listed in the handbook are eligible)

How to apply

The application is completed online and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. To apply you will need the following information:

  • Single Business Identifier (SBI) Number
  • Customer Registration Number (CRN)
  • Email address – must be the address that is registered with the Rural Payments Agency.
  • Full address and postcode of the business.
  • Number of hectares of land farmed.
  • Type of farming system.
  • Livestock numbers including species, sex and age.
  • Number of people that you employ.

The details on the application must exactly match the details that the RPA hold for your business, otherwise the application will be rejected.

Applications will be scored based on the following criteria:

  • Technical efficiency
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Nutrient management
  • Resource efficiency

How to claim

The items must meet a minimum specification.

You must buy and claim for the items within 150 days of the application being approved, after which the application will be withdrawn.

You must not buy or order items before receiving an acceptance confirmation.

All items must be bought and paid for before a claim can be submitted. Invoices, bank statements and photographs will need to be available when submitting the claim as proof that the items have been paid for and are in use.

Can WBW apply for you?

Yes – Agents can complete applications on behalf of farmers.

We can also assist with the claim process should your application be successful.

If you would like assistance with the scheme, please contact Karen Shuttleworth or Jess Austin on 01756 692900

Small Grant Scheme Available Items.

RDPE Growth Programme

A new programme has been launched aimed at providing funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

Under the RDPE Growth Programme, there are grants for:
• Food processing – open to food and drinks businesses that process agricultural or horticultural products.
• Business development – open to small businesses and start-ups, including farmers wishing to diversify into non-agricultural activities.
• Rural tourism infrastructure – open to a wide range of organisations. If the project is intended to make a profit however, then only small businesses and farmers who want to diversify can apply.

The minimum grant is £20,000. Commercial, profit-making projects can receive up to 40% grant funding. If the project makes just enough income to offset costs and is not intended to make a profit, then up to 80% grant funding could be available. If the project generates no income, then 100% grants may be awarded.

Projects must meet a minimum of two national priorities:

Food Processing:
1. Creates at least 1 job for every £30,000 of grant funding
2. Increases turnover and profitability
3. Provides benefits to the farmers, growers and suppliers (particularly local)
4. Helps you sell more products nationally or locally
5. Introduces new techniques/equipment to make the business more productive
6. Creates new links between business

Business Development:
1. Creates at least 1 job for every £30,000 of grant funding
2. Increases turnover and profitability
3. Introduces new techniques/equipment to make the business more productive
4. Helps the business to sell goods to new markets
5. Helps the business access export markets

Rural Tourism Infrastructure:
1. Creates at least 1 job for every £30,000 of grant funding
2. Attracts tourists at off-peak times
3. Creates or develops tourist attractions and encourages tourists to stay longer and increase spending
4. Provides benefits to the wider tourist economy in the rural area

Grant funding is only available on eligible costs, these include:
• Constructing or improving buildings
• Buying new equipment and machinery
Architects, engineers and consultant fees, buying or developing computer software, licences and copyrights, energy-saving and resource efficiency equipment may also be eligible if forming part of a larger project.

Application

Initially, an expression of interest (EOI) form must be submitted to the RPA outlining how the applicant will meet the criteria for the scheme i.e. create jobs, grow your business or improve the local economy.

The RPA will aim to respond within 30 days and if deemed eligible, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application.

The full application requires considerably more information including final project costs, supplier details, key dates, proposed project outputs, supporting documents, business accounts for 3 years, relevant planning permissions, three quotes for each item to be purchased and evidence that the applicant can cover the costs.

Funding will only be offered to applications which are deemed to best meet the purposes of the funding and will provide the best value for taxpayer’s money. Each application is scored, and priority is given to those that meet local needs (set out in the LEP Directory).

All projects must be finished with grant claims submitted by 30 September 2021.

Submitting an EOI

Expressions of interest must be submitted to the RPA by midnight on 16th February 2020. If you would like our assistance, then please contact Chloe Dolphin or Karen Shuttleworth 01756 692900 or chloe.dolphin@wbwsurveyors.co.uk, karen.shuttleworth@wbwsurveyors.co.uk .