Apply for air scrubber and heat exchanger grants
Pig or poultry farmers can apply for a grant to fund machinery for recycling heat emissions, under the Countryside Productivity Scheme.
Who can apply
Pig or poultry farmers can apply to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to fund machinery that helps to recycle ammonia and heat emissions from livestock waste.
This grant is part of the Countryside Productivity Scheme.
To be eligible for this grant, applicants must be rearing poultry or pigs on a non-intensive farm that:
- if rearing poultry, has capacity for no more than 40,000 poultry
- if rearing pigs, has capacity for no more than 2,000 pigs that each weigh more than 30kg, or
- if rearing sows, has capacity for no more than 750 sows
How much funding is available
Grants will cover up to 40% of the total eligible costs of a proposal.
This is a small grant – a grant for between £2,500 and £35,000.
What the grant will fund
For this grant, unless the applicant has them already, they need to apply for funding for both of the following items:
- air scrubbers on mechanically ventilated pig and poultry buildings and
- heat exchangers for pig and poultry buildings - these are pumps that capture and reuse waste heat
Air scrubbers applied for need to:
- be either bio-filters or acid-filters
- remove dust and odours from pig and poultry housing units and
- capture the ammonia emissions and convert the gas into nitrogen fertiliser
An application will have a greater chance of success if it is for funding for units with an ammonia emissions removal efficiency of at least 70%.
Applicants can also apply for the installation costs of the air scrubber or heat exchanger.
Costs that are not eligible for funding
For these grants, funding will also not be offered for equipment that is needed to meet statutory ventilation requirements to:
- prevent respiratory diseases
- remove noxious gasses or
- control the temperature for large livestock operations
Funding will not be offered for equipment to use heat and water generated at any other location except the applicant’s agricultural facility.
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
Find out what evidence you need to send with any Countryside Productivity small grant application.
For air scrubber and heat exchanger grants, applications will also need to include:
- a dimensioned plan of the housing unit showing the proposed location of the air scrubbers and the heat exchanger and details of how heat will be distributed, and
- the applicant’s energy bills and a summary of how much energy the business used in the previous year.
Specific evidence for this grant
Along with the application and supporting documents, the applicant needs to show:
- calculations showing how much energy the equipment will generate for their business and how much it will save,
- the air scrubber’s ammonia emissions removal efficiency (in %) - use the supplier’s literature to find this, and
- how the applicant will use the nitrogen or fertiliser captured by the air scrubbers on their land.
If the applicant already has some of the equipment which needs to be applied for under this grant, they should:
- provide evidence of this (for example a photo of the item in situ), and
- identify how it will work with any new items which the applicant is applying to fund
- 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.