Welsh farm equipment grant scheme deadline extended

Welsh farmers have an extra three weeks to apply for a farm business grant (FBG).

The deadline has been extended to 26 October for the fifth round of this scheme, which had been due to close on 5 October. 

The grants help with the purchase of equipment and machinery to improve the economic and environmental performance of agricultural holdings, making farm businesses more efficient and resilient.

Administered through Rural Payments Wales, the funding is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities Rural Development Programme 2014-20.

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“Given the lack of certainty on future funding from the UK Government, this may be the last window of the farm business grant.

“I have therefore decided to extend the deadline to 26 October to allow farmers more time to apply for this crucial investment,” said Cabinet secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths.

“The FBG allows farmers to make important investments in their businesses to support efficiencies, improve productivity and increase their resilience.  The prolonged period of dry weather over the summer posed pressures and additional costs on farmers so this grant is particularly timely.

“I urge all eligible farmers who have attended a Farming for the Future event to consider making an application in this extended window.”

Eligibility requirements include attending a Farming for the Future event. 

Further information on the grant and how to apply is available on the farm business grant page on the Welsh Government’s website.