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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Grants of up to £5,000 to help with practical green measures

Up to £5,000 of match-funding is available to help farmers in the Midlands invest in measures to protect water and the environment. Severn Trent Water is offering the funding to…


Covid-19: Self-employed worker grants increased

The government has increased the amount of grant money available to self-employed workers over the winter period, as part of its revised package of coronavirus support measures. The third grant…


Woodland grant expanded to encourage more tree planting

The criteria for a woodland planning grant have been changed to encourage more farmers and landowners to plant trees. The Forestry Commission has relaxed the rules for the Woodland Creation…


Contractors to get productivity grant cash from next year

Farm contractors in England will be eligible to claim 40% equipment grants from next year that are currently open only to farmers, Defra has said. The department will have full…

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