Countryside Stewardship: How to apply

Manuals explain the scheme rules and How to apply guides will help you with your application

Latest news

Countryside Stewardship applications are open

You can apply for:

  • Capital grants
  • Protection and Infrastructure
  • Woodland support grants
  • Implementation Plan (PA1) and Feasibility Study (PA2) grants
  • Facilitation Fund

Capital Grants

Applications for Capital Grants are open all year from 8 February 2022.

Capital Grants offers standalone capital items within 3 groups:

  • Boundaries, Trees and Orchard
  • Water Quality
  • Air Quality

For more information read the 2022 Countryside Stewardship: Capital Grants manual.

If you are a Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) pilot participant, you will need to read the Countryside Stewardship Capital Grants (SFI pilot) supplement first, which refers to relevant sections of the 2022 Capital Grants manual. You can access the supplement from the main CS Capital Grants page on GOV.UK.

Protection and Infrastructure grant

Applications for CS Protection and Infrastructure are open all year from 8 February 2022.

This is a new standalone capital grant. The CS Protection and Infrastructure agreement is made up of a 2 year capital grant under which you can apply for support to create FY2 (Woodland Infrastructure).

Woodland support grants

You can apply for the following grants all year:

  • Woodland Management Plan grant
  • Woodland Tree Health grant

For more information

  • read the relevant manual
  • download one of the application forms and find details of how to request a copy of the annex which accompanies the form
  • read guidance to help you apply

Implementation Plan (PA1) and Feasibility Study (PA2) grants

You can apply for an Implementation Plan or Feasibility Study grant all year.

Implementation Plan and Feasibility Study grants provide funding for more complex agreements and projects. You must speak to a Natural England advisor before applying for one of these grants.

Mid Tier

Applications for Mid Tier are closed.

Wildlife Offers

Applications for the Wildlife Offers are closed.

Higher Tier

Applications for Higher Tier are closed.

Facilitation Fund

The Facilitation Fund is open for 2023 applications. Read the applicant’s guide to find out if you’re eligible to apply.

Forms and supporting information

Use the Rural Payments service to apply online for the woodland management plan grant.

Published 15 June 2015
Last updated 7 November 2022 + show all updates
  1. Facilitation Fund 2023 is open to applicants.

  2. Mid Tier and Wildlife Offers closed at midnight on 29 July 2022.

  3. Add link to Farm advice support for Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier 2022 applicants

  4. Updated to show CS is now open for applications with links updated

  5. Latest News updated with link to CS revenue payment rate changes from 1 January 2022

  6. Woodland Creation and Maintenance grant removed from the page as that grant is now closed for applications.

  7. Some application statuses in the Rural Payments service contain incorrect wording

  8. Added Implementation Plan (PA1) and Feasibility Study (PA2) grants group. Updates to show that Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier and Wildlife Offers has closed.

  9. Updated to reflect that the CS Mid Tier request an application pack online deadline has been extended to 16 July.

  10. Edited latest news to include information about changes to the RP service and confirmation that claim deadline of 11 June 2021 had passed for 2021 CS revenue claims.

  11. Higher Tier and Capital Grants applications have now closed and have been removed from the list of open applications.

  12. Latest News updated with opening times for helplines between 1 and 6 April

  13. Latest News and elements of the scheme sections updated to show applications are now open for CS

  14. The Latest news and woodland support sections have been updated to explain the Woodland Creation and Maintenance grant opens on 9 Febraury 2021.

  15. Added link to the Countryside Stewardship forms page

  16. Information on the Woodland management plan grant has been updated - you can now apply for this grant.

  17. New details for Woodland Management Plan grants added covering domestic regulations for agreements with a start date after 1 January 2021.

  18. New manual added covering domestic regulations for agreements with a start date after 1 January 2021.

  19. 'Countryside Stewardship: How to apply' page and links updated to reflect scheme deadlines that have passed.

  20. Information for agreements with a start date from 1 January 2021 (domestic regulations) added.

  21. Woodland grant section updated with information about the grants moving from EU funding to domestic funding from 8 July.

  22. Added Information on Farm Advice for farmers and land managers under Mid Tier

  23. Transition of page from collection page to How to apply for CS, and information updated for applications made in 2020.

  24. Updates to 'Add land by email' section: subject title in email to state: 'CS 2020 add land'; deadline to receive emails is 4 May 2020, further dates have been removed.

  25. You can now transfer land parcels and BPS entitlements for 2020 until 15 May, using the Rural Payments service. You can also now add land by email.

  26. Countryside Stewardship query form added

  27. Update to Latest news section to include text and link to the new RPA remittance advice guidance page.

  28. Deadline for submission of PA2 and HE2 applications now 30 March 2020 wording added to Historic buildings restoration grant section.

  29. Added the 'Minor and temporary adjustment (MTA) form: Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship' to the Forms section.

  30. Revised Woodland creation grant: Countryside Stewardship page

  31. Facilitation Fund is open for applications

  32. Added latest news - Applications for Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier, Mid Tier including Wildlife Offers, and Hedgerows and Boundaries are now closed for 2019. Woodland creation, management plan and tree health grants are open all year for applications.

  33. Latest news: Change to the way customers contact us about Countryside Stewardship

  34. Text updated due to deadline for CS revenue claims.

  35. Rural Payments service ‘Land use’ screens removed from latest news as the screens are available to customers.

  36. 5 June 2019 - Land use screens in the Rural Payments service are not working.

  37. Change to clarify that we must receive add land requests by midnight on 29 May so that we can action the request by 31 May.

  38. Updates to information following 15 May deadline.

  39. 'Add land by email' deadline for requests extended to 31 May.

  40. Added Mid Tier: Farm Advice Framework (FAF) events to Mid Tier section

  41. Information published about Drop-in centres.

  42. Updated Latest news with detail that you can now submit a revenue claim.

  43. Added detail to Latest news about 'How to request MT application pack'

  44. Land-use codes for 2019 published.

  45. We've added information about our latest digital land map checks.

  46. Update page to include information about 'Add land by email'.

  47. Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier, Higher Tier, and Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant opened on 18 February 2019.

  48. Countryside Stewardship opened for applications on 18 Feb

  49. Use the Rural Payments service to edit land use.

  50. Updated Latest News

  51. Land and entitlement transfers available for 2019

  52. Link to guidance for those finding it difficult to meet scheme requirements due to hot and dry weather conditions.

  53. Deadline for first stage of historic buildings restoration grant application process passed.

  54. Mid Tier application deadline extended to 31 August 2018.

  55. Higher tier closed for applications.

  56. Added details of the 3 offices where applications and supporting information should be sent.

  57. Mid Tier (including the 4 new Offers for Wildlife), Higher Tier and the hedgerows and boundaries grant open for 2018 applications.

  58. Updated woodland support section with woodland creation fund 2018 information.

  59. Mapping updates section added.

  60. Event timetable for Mid Tier applications 2017 published.

  61. Mid Tier and Higher Tier open for 2017 applications.

  62. Information about the 2017 hedgerows and boundaries grant added.

  63. Information about the woodland management plan grant for 2017 added.

  64. Information about the woodland creation grant for 2017 added.

  65. Mid Tier has now closed for new applications in 2016.

  66. Added payment timings to agreement holders section.

  67. Updated page to show that the Higher Tier application period has ended for those with agri-environment options.

  68. Mid Tier and Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship applications open for 2016.

  69. Facilitation fund opens for second round of applications 18 January 2016.

  70. First published.