How to apply for grants and submit an application under the Countryside Productivity Scheme
Countryside Productivity Scheme
The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy.
It is administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).
Under the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme, there are grants for:
water resource management and reservoirs
improving forestry productivity
adding value to Agri-food
improving farm productivity
The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Government guarantees about funding after the UK leaves the EU
The government has guaranteed funding for RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme grants if these are agreed and signed before the UK’s departure from the EU, even if the grant agreements continue after we have left the EU. This is subject to projects meeting the following conditions when the application is assessed:
they are good value for money
they are in line with domestic strategic priorities
Who can apply
To find out if you and your project are eligible, please read the relevant handbook below.
Improving Forestry Productivity
Improving forestry productivity handbook (PDF, 3.16MB, 34 pages)
Improving forestry productivity application form guidance (PDF, 1.04MB, 38 pages)
Improving forestry productivity application form (MS Word Document, 125KB)
Improving forestry productivity application form - appendix (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 558KB)
Water Resource Management
Water Resource Management handbook (PDF, 2.44MB, 31 pages)
Water Resource Management application form guidance (PDF, 984KB, 37 pages)
Water Resource Management application form (MS Word Document, 133KB)
Water Resource Management application form - appendix (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 558KB)
Adding Value to Agri-food
Adding Value to Agri-food Handbook (PDF, 5.41MB, 32 pages)
How to fill in an Adding Value to Agri-food Expression of Interest Form (PDF, 828KB, 10 pages)
Adding Value to Agi-food Expression of Interest Form (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 210KB)
Improving Farm Productivity
Improving Farm Productivity Handbook (PDF, 5.16MB, 30 pages)
How to fill in an Improving Farm Productivity application (PDF, 931KB, 32 pages)
Improving Farm Productivity Application Form (MS Word Document, 110KB)
Improving Farm Productivity Application Form - appendix (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 558KB)
What happens next
For the following schemes:
- Improving Forestry Productivity
- Water Resource Management
- Improving Farm Productivity
fill in your application form and send it to us. If this is successful, you’ll get a funding agreement to sign.
With your grant funding agreement signed, you can start work on your project.
After you’ve paid for the work, you can claim your money.
For Adding Value to Agri-food, fill in your Expression of Interest form and send it to us. If this is successful, you’ll get a full application form to complete.
Published: 31 July 2017
Updated: 8 November 2017
- Countryside Productivity Scheme - Water Resource Management application deadline extended to 29 June 2018.
- Countryside Productivity Adding Value to Agri-Food and Improving Farm Productivity grants launched.
- Updated the application form appendix (Excel Spreadsheets) for forestry and reservoirs
- First published.