Apply for a crop robotics grant
Arable and horticultural farmers can apply for a grant to buy crop robotics, through the Countryside Productivity scheme.
Arable or horticultural farmers can apply to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for a grant to buy crop robotics.
Crop robotics are used to control weeds and select product at harvest.
This grant is part of the Countryside Productivity Scheme.
How much funding is available
Grants can cover up to 40% of the total eligible costs of a proposal.
This grant is a large grant, which means applicants can apply for between £35,000 and £1,000,000.
What the grant will fund
The grants are to fund robotic systems that use in-field camera sensing and computer analysis to control field operations by:
- mechanical weed control through control of inter-row and in-row hoes
- weed control through direct application of laser or electric current, and
- chemical weed control specifically targeted at the weed or
- identification and selection of produce at the correct specification for harvest
How to apply
Read the overview about how to apply for Countryside Productivity grants.
Applicants need to:
register with the Rural Payments online service (if they have not already done so)
complete an outline application form
send it to the RPA – read about how to send applications
If an outline application is successful, RPA will ask applicants to fill out a large grant application form and send it to them, along with supporting evidence.
Evidence to send with an application
Find out what evidence you need to send with any Countryside Productivity large grant full application.
- what happens after applying
- what to do if an application is successful
- what to do if an application is unsuccessful
Find out what other equipment is eligible for grants under the Countryside Productivity Scheme.
Applicants can apply for multiple small grants in one application, or multiple large grants in one application.
Applicants can’t apply for a mix of small and large grants in one application.