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 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…


Countryside Stewardship – tips for 2019 scheme

Key elements of England's Countryside Stewardship opened for applications this week. Alice De Soer at the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) explains what’s new and gives tips on applying.…


Business Clinic: Is there any grant aid for planting trees?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Oliver Thompson, forestry consultant at Savills, advises on planting grants. Q: I…

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Case studies


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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Welsh livestock farms offered help to slash overhead costs

Free advice on cutting overhead costs is available to red meat producers in Wales. Farming Connect are offering businesses in the red meat sector free one-to-one sessions examining how they…


£35m fund opens to help English farms diversify

Farmers in England can tap into grant funding of up to £750,000 to support equipment purchases for diversification from next Monday (4 November). The government has reopened the EU-funded Growth…


£22m grants awarded to make farms more efficient

Farmers in England have two weeks to accept funding offers from the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme worth a combined £22m. The scheme, which has now closed to applications, provides…


Scottish Government calls for more levy board funding

Scottish livestock farmers should get additional funding for their levy board from AHDB coffers, the Scottish rural economy secretary has said. Fergus Ewing has written to Defra secretary Theresa Villiers…

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