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Farming Equipment and Technology Fund 2024: guidance now available

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The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) 2024 includes 3 grants to help you buy items to improve productivity, manage slurry and improve animal health and welfare. Today, we published the grant guidance on GOV.UK. In this post, I’ll give an overview, include links and share details of an upcoming webinar on 12 March for you to learn more.

Apply for an Improving Farm Productivity grant

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I’m pleased to say that you can now apply for an Improving Farm Productivity grant.  In this post, I'll explain some additional changes we've made to the offer, give you a recap of other aspects of the grant and include the links you'll need to get started. 

Slurry Infrastructure grant: last chance to apply

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Round 2 of the Slurry Infrastructure grant will close for applications on Wednesday 17 January. We’re supporting many more projects than we did last year, so if you need slurry storage, now is the time to apply for a grant.  In this post, I’ll give you a recap of the grant and the information you need to get started.

Improving Farm Productivity grants: get ready for Round 2

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In a few weeks’ time, you will once again have the opportunity to apply for an Improving Farm Productivity grant. The grant pays for capital items including robotic, automatic and solar equipment that improve farm and horticulture productivity. To help you prepare, we’ve published guidance on GOV.UK. In this post, I’ll share an overview of the grant, the changes we've made following Round 1 and link to the guidance.

Apply now for a Slurry Infrastructure grant

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I’m pleased to say you can now apply for a Slurry Infrastructure grant. In this round, Round 2, £74 million of grant funding is available. This is more than double the funding available in Round 1. With more funding available, we’d strongly encourage everyone who wants to improve their slurry storage to apply for a grant.

Slurry Infrastructure grant: join our webinar and read guidance for round 2

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In April, I blogged about the outcome of the first round of Slurry Infrastructure grants. In that post, I said we were planning to launch two further, larger rounds in Autumn 2023 and 2024. In this post, I'll share details of the grant and a link to a webinar we held on the grant to learn more.

Watch: Funding for farmers webinar

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On Wednesday 6 September, we held a webinar for farmers to learn more about the funding available in England. In this post, you can watch a recording of the session.

Water Management grant: there's still time to apply

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There’s still time for you to apply for a Water Management grant before the window closes on 12 July. The grant is available to horticultural and arable businesses growing, or intending to grow, irrigated food crops, ornamentals, or forestry nurseries. The maximum grant available is £500,000 per applicant per funding round. The minimum grant you can apply for is £35,000. 

More time to suggest productivity and slurry items

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We recently asked you to help us shape the list of items under the Productivity and Slurry theme of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF). The survey was due to close on 3 July. However, in response to requests to keep the survey open for a little longer, we’ve extended the deadline to midday, Wednesday 12 July.

Help us to review productivity and slurry grant items 

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The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund supports the purchase of equipment, technology, and infrastructure designed to improve agricultural, horticultural and forestry productivity in a sustainable way.  Grants are offered towards the cost of specific items of equipment on a list.  We promised to review the list of productivity and slurry items and we'd like your help.