Time running out for small grants scheme funding claims

The deadline is fast approaching for applicants to complete claims for funding under the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme.

The scheme provides grants of up to £12,000 to farmers in England to cover 40% of certain new equipment costs.

More than 3,800 applicants have already been accepted on to the scheme. But Defra has reminded farmers there are still important hurdles to cross before funding will be released.

See also: Exit payments: What should farmers do to prepare for 2022?

By midnight on 31 May 2021, claimants must have:

  • Bought all items applied for
  • Paid for them in full
  • Installed all items
  • Submitted a single claim.

The claim should be made to CPSGClaims@rpa.gov.uk and must include the following documents:

  • The completed claim and declaration template, which successful applicants will have received in their grant funding agreement email
  • Copies of the invoices for the items
  • Copies of payment evidence – either a bank statement or business credit card statement
  • Photographs of each item in place and operating.

A Defra spokesperson said claimants should use Annex 5 of the CPSG manual to check that all of the details required are included.

Delivery delays

The spokesperson added that due to the effects of Covid-19 restrictions on delivery and transport services, some farms had experienced delays in delivery times for equipment.

“If anyone is having issues getting items from suppliers who had previously confirmed in writing that they could supply them on time, contact the Rural Payments Agency” the spokesperson said. 

“Farmers in this situation might qualify for an exceptional extension to 16 July 2021 for the delivery and installation of the items.”

However, Defra stressed that the claim form must still be submitted along with evidence of payment by 31 May 2021.

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