Apply for a remote crop sensing grant
Arable and horticultural farmers can apply for a grant to pay for remote crop sensors, through the Countryside Productivity Scheme.
Arable or horticultural farmers can apply to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for a grant for remote crop sensors.
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 project.
This grant is a small grant, which means applicants can only apply for between £2,500 and £35,000.
What the grant will fund
Applicants can apply for funding for:
- an unmanned robotic aerial vehicle, such as a drone;
- a mounted sensor, or
- software that analyses the data collected to help with crop management.
Sensors can be mounted on tractors or unmanned vehicles to:
- detect disease and weeds
- monitor crop green leaf areas
- assess how much fertiliser is needed
- detect water stress, or
- estimate or monitor a crop yield
Costs that are not eligible for funding
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
Applicants should show how their proposal for an unmanned aerial vehicle meets Civil Aviation Authority requirements.
Find out what evidence you need 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.