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Farming Equipment and Technology Fund: grants issued

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Recently we ran the first round of our new Farming Equipment and Technology Fund.  We received 5,624 eligible applications worth a total overall value of just over £53.5 million. This is triple our initial budget allocation for the fund. 

We’re pleased we’ve been able to identify funding from within the farming budget to award  4,376 Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) Grant Funding Agreements (GFAs) totalling over £48.5 million. 

The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund provides investment towards specific items of equipment which will improve productivity and efficiency for farming, horticultural and forestry businesses. It offers grants between £2,000 and £25,000.

It sits alongside the Farming Transformation Fund, which offers grants between £35,000 and £500,000.

Both funds are part of the Farming Investment Fund.

In this post, I’ll explain the next steps. 

Successful applicants

If you’re one of the successful applicants, you must accept your Grant Funding Agreements on the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) Acceptance Portal by midnight on 4 March 2022. 

Some items are extremely popular, so do work closely with your supplier to order and receive your items as soon as possible. 

You’ll then have until midnight on 31 October 2022, to buy and install your items and submit your claim for payment to

You’ll notice we’ve extended the deadline by 1 month to ease pressure on suppliers and give more time to farmers to install kit. 

Another opportunity ahead

The application window closed on 7 January 2022. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants found out the results within 5 weeks of that date.

This first round was significantly over-subscribed, but we plan to launch a second round later this year and would encourage those who weren’t successful this time to apply again. We’re reviewing all the feedback from this round to help inform the design and operation of the next round – thanks to all those who have fed back so far. In the coming weeks we will be reaching out to farmers and stakeholders for input in reviewing the list of items eligible for grant funding in future rounds.

We will provide further detail on our funding priorities to help in due course, so do subscribe to the blog for the latest updates.

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  1. Comment by Roy Gamlin posted on

    There is a 12 month lead time for the piece of harvesting equipment I would like to apply for a grant for. Is it possible to accommodate this timescale in the scheme, please? (UK manufactured)

  2. Comment by Richard Styles posted on

    Being one of the unsuccessful applicants, we are of course disappointed.

    However, the equipment we require to drive our business well into the 21st century is in its infancy, and cannot be ordered off the shelf. Each item is bespoke kit and budget planning is therefore difficult.

    When you are dealing with this kind of equipment, you cannot always rely on dates for delivery so the funds needs to factor this in.

  3. Comment by Richard posted on

    hi i missed grant fetf14 for tree shears do know if this will be extended regards Richard

    • Replies to Richard>

      Comment by Sarah Stewart posted on

      Hi Richard,

      I've just spoken to the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund team. They said they are looking at options to open further rounds of FETF at the moment. They'll blog with further updates and opportunities, so do subscribe if you haven't already

      Best wishes,

  4. Comment by Jane Clement posted on

    please advise when 2nd round will be open for applications


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