Apply for slurry application system grants
Farmers or growers can apply for grants for controlled traffic slurry application equipment, through the Countryside Productivity Scheme.
Farmers or growers can apply to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for a grant to pay for controlled traffic slurry application equipment.
This grant is part of the Countryside Productivity Scheme.
How much funding is available
This is a small grant, which means only grants of between £2,500 and £35,000 are available.
Grants will cover up to 40% of a proposal’s total eligible costs.
What the grant will fund
Applicants need to apply for funding for all of the following 3 items (unless they already have one of them and can send evidence to prove this):
- a deep or shallow injection or trailing shoe system, or a dribble bar – it must fit a slurry tanker or umbilical distribution system
- a flow-rate monitor to control slurry application flow, and
- a global positioning system (GPS) for precision farming
Applicants can’t apply for the tanker or umbilical distribution system or the costs of modifying existing application systems.
If RPA approves an application, the applicant will need to use all of the above equipment together.
Deep or shallow injection systems
RPA is more likely to approve an application for deep or shallow injection systems that support water framework directive objectives.
GPS for precision farming
Grants will fund the following GPS costs:
- auto-steer systems
- controllers fitted to the tractor to link the GPS signal to the application equipment, including actuators that control sections of the applier or vary the rate of application, and
- funding for a GPS base station
GPS base stations are used to collect data from nearby portable GPS receivers. They can be used to help apply slurry in the right locations. If the base station is going to benefit multiple businesses, there is more chance the application will be successful.
The grant will not cover costs of GPS licences.
Applicants can also apply for funding to pay for flow-control valves or auto shut-off valves that automatically turn sections of the slurry application system on or off at:
- headland turns
- boundaries, and
- areas that have already had slurry applied
Costs that are not eligible for funding
As well as the ineligible costs described above, 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 slurry application systems, applicants need to send:
- itemised quotes that separately identify the cost of eligible items (like the application equipment) and ineligible items (like the tanker or umbilical system)
- letters of support from other businesses who’ll benefit from the GPS base station, if applying for one
The application should also set out:
- the number of hectares of land on which the equipment for which funding is sought will be used
- how much less fertiliser will be used, in tonnes, if the plan is approved
- the amount of money which will be saved from using less fertiliser if the plan is approved
If the application is not for all 3 specified items
If the applicant doesn’t apply for all of the 3 required items, they need to prove:
- that they already have the item or items they are not applying for – by sending a photo of the item in situ
- the items they already have will work with the new items – by sending written advice from the manufacturer to confirm this
Also find out 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.