Know How / Grants

There is a wide range of grants and funding available to support farmers – most provided by government, but some offered by private businesses.
Discover what grant schemes are available in your region, whether you are eligible and get help from those in the know on putting together an application.

Advice and tips


How to protect watercourses from pollution and grants to help

All livestock pose a year-round risk to water courses. The risks will vary depending on environmental conditions and whether stock are housed or at grass. However, steps can be taken…


Grant scheme myth buster: How hard is it to acquire funding?

Farmers are missing out on thousands of pounds worth of useful grant funding because many have misconceptions about what’s involved when it comes to applying for and signing up to…


How to get your bid in for £35m diversification grant scheme

Farmers have just three months to lodge their initial bids for funding under a new £35m rural grant programme. The scheme, run by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE),…


£15m small grants scheme – what’s eligible and how to apply

Farmers have eight weeks to apply for funding under the second round of Defra's Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme. The scheme, which was previously promised for early 2019, finally opened…

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Case studies


How young farmers grew their businesses with Plumb support

The Henry Plumb Foundation has been helping young farmers to further their farming businesses for the past seven years.  Founded by Lord Henry Plumb, the foundation provides financial backing and…


5 successful Leader grant projects to inspire farmers

Many farmers want to improve the resilience of their business by innovating or diversifying – but the level of investment required can be daunting. Farmers Weekly talked to five farmers…

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A guide to grants for dairy and livestock farmers

The Basic Payment Scheme may be the part of CAP reform that grabs all the headlines, but the implantation of new rural development schemes across the UK will also provide…

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£53m of rural grants given 'without checks on value for money'

Grants worth £53m for projects to boost the Welsh rural economy were awarded without checks to see if they were worth the money, a damning report has concluded. The Audit…


Defra refuses to budge on small grants scheme rules

Defra has no plans to relax the rules of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme to give farmers flexibility to drop items from their claim, despite pleas from the industry.…


Hundreds of small grants scheme claims outstanding

Hundreds of farmers in England are yet to submit a claim for the Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme, raising concern that unless they act quickly, they may miss out. This…


Dairy hardship scheme opens amid eligibility concerns

The government’s dairy hardship fund has opened to applications from milk producers in England and Wales who have suffered financial losses due to the coronavirus lockdown. The Dairy Response Scheme…

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