Guidance

Countryside Productivity Scheme

How to apply for grants and submit an application under the Countryside Productivity Scheme

Latest news

The Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme Round 3 is now available for all farm types including livestock, horticulture and arable businesses. The opening of the scheme was formally announced in a Defra Press Release.

Countryside Productivity Scheme

The 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).

Only small grants are currently available under this scheme.

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. The scheme is different to other parts of the Countryside Productivity scheme as it uses an online application process and provides grants for specific pieces of agricultural equipment.

Round 3

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme Round 3 is open from 7 October 2020 until noon on 4 November 2020.

Farmers can apply for funding towards specific items of equipment listed at Annex 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme Round 3 handbook.

. All the items will help to make improvements in either:

  • technical efficiency
  • animal health and welfare
  • resource efficiency, or
  • nutrient management

Who can apply

Farmers (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) can apply for this grant. Please read the Round 3 handbook to find out more. This scheme is only open to farmers based in England.

Please check your details in the Rural Payments service before you apply for this grant. You must make sure that your details, including contact details and email address, match exactly with those in your application form. If they don’t, we won’t be able to accept your application.

How to apply

To start your application, open the online portal.

Fill in the application form and sign up to the terms and conditions of the scheme.

Check the items availability, to make sure you can get the item within the timescales of the scheme. Do not order or pay deposits of any sort for your items, until you have accepted your Grant Funding Agreement.

We will email you after the round closes to let you know if your application has been approved. When you receive this email, you can purchase your items.

Please do not submit an application unless you intend to purchase the items if you are awarded a grant. This may prevent others from being successful in securing a grant.

Help with the CPSG scheme online

Please see the Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme advocates video

Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme advocates video

and the how to apply online to help you apply.

how to apply online .

If you have any questions

Once you have read the handbook, if you have any questions please email CPSGEnquiries@rpa.gov.uk or call 03000 200301 and follow the options for the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme.

Read the CPSG scheme Accessibility statement (PDF, 140KB, 3 pages).

Round 2

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 2 is now closed for applications.

Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme (CPSG) Round 2 Handbook (PDF, 2.16MB, 83 pages)

If you have any questions about your claim for payment

Once you have read the handbook, if you have any questions please email CPSGEnquiries@rpa.gov.uk or call 03000 200301 and follow the options for the Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme.

Round 1

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 1 is now closed for applications.

Small Grant Scheme Round 1 handbook (PDF, 1.94MB, 49 pages)

Countryside Productivity Small Grant - Hints and tips (PDF, 850KB, 4 pages)

Improving Forestry Productivity

The Improving Forestry Productivity scheme is now closed to new applications.

Applications received by the closing date are being processed.

Improving forestry productivity handbook (PDF, 3.59MB, 34 pages)

Water Resource Management

The Water Resource Management scheme is now closed to new applications.

Applications received by the closing date are being processed.

Water Resource Management handbook (PDF, 2.85MB, 31 pages)

Adding Value to Agri-food

The Adding Value to Agri-food scheme is now closed to new applications.

Expressions of Interest received by the closing date are being processed.

Adding Value to Agri-food Handbook (PDF, 1.84MB, 32 pages)

Improving Farm Productivity

The Improving Farm Productivity scheme is now closed to new applications.

Applications received by the closing date are being processed.

Improving Farm Productivity Handbook (PDF, 5.7MB, 30 pages)

What happens next

For the following schemes:

  • Water Resource Management
  • Improving Farm Productivity

If you have submitted an application by the deadline and it 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.

Countryside Productivity Grant schemes are competitive, so please note that not all eligible applications will be successful.

Published 31 July 2017
Last updated 7 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Round 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme is now open.

  2. Removed link to acceptance portal as round 2 is closed.

  3. Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme handbook updated: deadline for round 2 claims is now 31 July 2020.

  4. Removal of information about accepting the Grant Finding Agreement as Round 2 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has now closed.

  5. Information added about accepting a Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Grant Funding Agreement using the online CPSG acceptance portal

  6. The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 2 is now closed for applications. message added to page

  7. Round 2 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme is now open.

  8. Archived the Improving Farm Productivity handbook and added text to say the scheme is now closed.

  9. "How to fill in an Improving Farm Productivity application" guidance updated at pages 20 and 21 to clarify that quotes in a foreign currency need to be converted to £ sterling, and that transaction fees are not eligible for grant funding and should be excluded.

  10. The Water Resource Management and Adding Value to Agri-food scheme have now closed.

  11. Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme - Hints and tips to help you apply online.

  12. Removed wording on page 4 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Handbook

  13. Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme launched 7 February 2018. Guidance handbook and online application portal available

  14. Updated version of 'Improving Forestry Productivity application form appendix', 'Water Resource Management application form appendix' and 'Improving Farm Productivity application form appendix' added to page

  15. Revised version of 'How to Fill in an adding value to agri-food EOI Form Guidance' and Expressoin of Interest Form added to page

  16. Application appendix updated to fix locked cells on the spreadsheets.

  17. Countryside Productivity Scheme - Water Resource Management application deadline extended to 29 June 2018.

  18. Countryside Productivity Adding Value to Agri-Food and Improving Farm Productivity grants launched.

  19. Updated the application form appendix (Excel Spreadsheets) for forestry and reservoirs

  20. First published.