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The latest farm grants update

Updated: Mar 15

As part of the government’s agricultural transition, Defra currently have two capital grant schemes open for applications. Both are competitive, so applications need to be considered carefully.

The Improving Farm Productivity Fund (IFPF) is still open until 21st March. This is for solar energy and robotic equipment.


The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) is now open for applications until 17th April. There are three types of grant available.


  • Improve Productivity

  • Manage Slurry

  • Improve Animal Health and Welfare


Farm businesses can apply for more than one grant.

Successful applicants will receive: 

  • a minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £50,000 towards productivity items  

  • a minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £50,000 towards slurry items  

  • a minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £25,000 towards animal health and welfare items


Eligible Business types

You can apply for a grant if your business is based and registered in England and you’re a: 

  • farmer 

  • horticulturalist 

  • forestry owner 

  • contractor carrying out services to farmers, horticulturalists or forestry owners  

You may be eligible to apply if you’ve received money from previous FETF grants or the Countryside Productivity Scheme (CPSG). 

The FETF Animal Health and Welfare grant is only available if you farm any of the following:  


  • beef cattle 

  • dairy cattle 

  • sheep 

  • pigs 

  • laying chickens (including rearing and breeding farms)  

  • broiler chickens (including rearing and breeding farms)

Other types of livestock and poultry, including goats, ducks, turkeys, geese and gamebirds, are not eligible for funding.

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