Updated: Nov 29, 2021
The Farming Investment Fund
This £27 million fund provides grants to farmers, growers, and foresters (including related contractors) so that they can invest in the things they need to improve productivity and enhance the natural environment. This includes new equipment, technology, and infrastructure.
The Farming Investment Fund is made up of 2 parts:
• The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund
• The Farming Transformation Fund
The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund
The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund is the new way for us to provide small productivity grants to farmers. Essentially based the scheme on the old small productivity grants scheme, but with some important changes based on feedback from farmers.
Increasing the number of items on the list from 85 to 120
Reflecting the needs of all agricultural sectors including horticulture and forestry. We will keep this list under review and will continue to add and remove items as the fund evolves between rounds.
Reducing the minimum to £2,000
Small farmers found the minimum grant at £3,000 in the Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) was too high, so we’ve reduced the minimum to £2,000.
Increasing the maximum grant to £25,000
Increasing this figure allows us to add higher value items, but also larger variants of existing items, for example a wider range of direct drill sizes.
We added contractors to the list of eligible applicants on the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (including those serving livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors).
This reflects the many different methods employed in modern farming businesses and we hope this will allow equipment purchased through the fund to benefit more farmers.