Apply for a grant for LED lights for livestock housing
How farmers can apply for a grant to install LED lighting in livestock housing, through the Countryside Productivity Scheme.
Non-intensive dairy, pig or poultry farmers can apply to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for a grant to pay for the installation of LED lighting.
This grant is part of the Countryside Productivity Scheme.
LED lighting in livestock housing can reduce a farm’s energy consumption and improve animal health and productivity.
Who can apply
Applicants must have farms that are non-intensive and have a capacity for no more than any of the following:
- 40,000 places for poultry
- 2,000 places for pigs that each weigh more than 30kg
- 750 places for sows
- 600 head of dairy cattle
How much funding can be applied for
This is a small grant, which means grants between £2,500 and £35,000 are available.
Grants can fund up to 40% of the total eligible costs of the project.
What the grant for fund
Applicants need to apply for funding for each of the following. These must be installed and used together:
- LED lights
- a programmable light control system
- fixtures, fittings and installation costs
The LED lights need to have:
- an average lifetime of at least 50,000 hours
- a light output of 40 lux for pigs, sows and dairy cattle
- a light output of 20 lux for poultry
Applicants must use any equipment bought as part of a successful grant application in one set-up, at the same location.
Costs that are not eligible for funding
The cost of the following cannot be funded:
- replacement lights
- electricity connection
- modifying energy currents
Also read a list of costs that are not eligible for any Countryside Productivity grants.
How to apply
To apply for this grant, the applicant must:
- register with the Rural Payments online service (if they have not already done so)
- complete a small grant application form
- collect evidence to support the application
- send the completed small grant application form and supporting evidence to the RPA – read about how to send applications
Read more about how to apply for Countryside Productivity grants.
Evidence to send with an application
For LED lighting in livestock housing grants, applicants need to send:
- photographs and a plan of the existing livestock housing lighting that show it’s not LED
- the proposed lighting plan with lux measurements for each housing unit
- calculations showing how much energy will be saved by installing the LED lighting
- proof that the control system is programmable, for example supplier literature or a quote confirming this, and
- a quote or supplier literature that shows the average lifetime in hours of the LED lightbulbs and their light output in lux
Applicants must also include a plan of their livestock housing that shows where they will put the LED lighting and control point, as well as all fixtures, fittings, and electricity connections.
Claiming installation costs
To claim for installation costs applicants will need to show that the job was carried out by a qualified electrician. They must an invoice as proof of this to the RPA.
Other evidence to send
Also read what evidence to send with any Countryside Productivity small grant 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.