Farming Transformation Fund
Improving Farm Productivity Grant
APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
On the 19th January 2022, DEFRA opened applications for the Improving Farm Productivity (IFP) theme of the Farming Transformation Fund (FTF).
The Improving Farm Productivity theme sits alongside the two other themes within the FTF, namely Water Management (launched in November 2021) and the Adding Value theme that will focus on food production (anticipated launch date Spring 2022).
The IFP grant will be a 2 step application process. Firstly applicants must apply through the online eligibility checker. This will be open from 19/1/2022 – 16/3/2022. Those applicants that are then invited by DEFRA to make a full application will have until the 14th September 2022 to make the full application. If planning permission is required, this must be in place by the 31st December 2022.
The IFP is open to farmers, growers and related contractors. The project must be in England and if a contractor applies, their registered business must be in England and you can only use the grant for buying robotics and innovative farming equipment.
The minimum grant is £35,000 and the maximum grant is £500,000. The grant will fund 40% of eligible costs and therefore the minimum project cost will be £87,500.
The grant will fund capital items to improve farm and horticulture productivity through innovative farming equipment that increases productivity and improves the environment.
What the grant is for:
1. Slurry treatment equipment
The grant can pay up to 40% of the costs for:
mild acidification equipment (all projects must buy acid storage, dosing equipment, mixing tank and pump)
acidification infrastructure (for example, any work to adapt or install pipework, pumps etc to get slurry into the acidification system and then out to storage)
2. Robotics and innovation equipment
Subject to item specifications, the grant can pay up to 40% of the costs for:
robotic harvesting equipment
robotic weeding equipment
robotic spraying equipment
autonomous driverless tractors or platforms
voluntary robotic milking system
robotic feeding systems
advanced ventilation control units
wavelength specific LED lighting for horticultural crops
For more information on the IFP grant follow this link to the manual. The manual contains a list of eligible capital items. Farming Transformation Fund Improving Farm Productivity grant manual (publishing.service.gov.uk) or contact Kathryn Williams at Davis Meade Property Consultants