The Water Management grant, Part of the Farming Investment Fund and is for horticultural and arable businesses growing, or intending to grow, irrigated food crops, ornamentals, or forestry nurseries.
A Webinar to learn more about the Water Management grant, on Thursday 20th April at 2.30 - 3.45pm
The webinar will be recorded, so there will be a link to allow you to watch it later.
Grants will go towards capital items that improve farm productivity through more efficient use of water for irrigation, adopting best practice irrigation application equipment and securing water supplies through construction of on-farm reservoirs.
To ensure funding is available to support the widest number of projects, while committing to supporting higher value projects which align with the fund’s objectives, the grant available is between £35,000 and £500,000 and will cover up to 40% of the cost of the project. Applicants are free to undertake larger projects, but the highest allocation available is £500,000.
Applying for a grant
The first step is an online checker and is expected to open mid-April and run until mid-July.
It is recommended that before you apply, take a look at the grant guidance on GOV.UK. to assess your eligibility and likelihood of success with the submission of a full application.
Government's Plan for Water, published 4th April 2023. sets out the plan for a healthy water environment and a sustainable supply of water for people, businesses and nature.
In a few weeks' time, you will be able to apply for a Water Management grant, to help prepare for this see, Guidance for the second round of the Water Management grant on GOV.UK.