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Countryside Productivity Scheme

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

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The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme (CPSG) Round 2 - Acceptance Portal

The CPSG offers are formally announced in a Defra Press Release

You must accept your Grant Funding Agreement using the online CPSG acceptance portal.

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:

  • small grants

  • 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 the RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grants if projects are:

  • agreed and signed before 31 December 2020

  • good value for money and

  • in line with domestic strategic priorities

Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme

The RDPE 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 is targeted at supporting investment for specific pieces of agricultural equipment.

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, 2.81MB, 83 pages)

Accept your Grant Finding Agreement

If you have received a Grant Funding Agreement you should check that items are available with your supplier and accept your offer by midnight on 10 November 2019. Accept (or withdraw) from the offer using the online CPSG acceptance portal.

Once you have accepted your Grant Funding Agreement, you can purchase your items and claim your money by midnight on 31 May 2020.

Some items have been very popular, so please make sure you order as soon as you can. If you do not order early, you may not be able to get your items by the claim deadline.

We are unable to extend the claim deadline because items are not available.

Defra is developing plans for a third round of funding in 2020. We will publish more details as soon as we have them.

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.

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 28 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Information added about accepting a Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Grant Funding Agreement using the online CPSG acceptance portal
  2. The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 2 is now closed for applications. message added to page
  3. Round 2 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme is now open.
  4. Archived the Improving Farm Productivity handbook and added text to say the scheme is now closed.
  5. "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.
  6. The Water Resource Management and Adding Value to Agri-food scheme have now closed.
  7. Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme - Hints and tips to help you apply online.
  8. Removed wording on page 4 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Handbook
  9. Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme launched 7 February 2018. Guidance handbook and online application portal available
  10. 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
  11. Revised version of 'How to Fill in an adding value to agri-food EOI Form Guidance' and Expressoin of Interest Form added to page
  12. Application appendix updated to fix locked cells on the spreadsheets.
  13. Countryside Productivity Scheme - Water Resource Management application deadline extended to 29 June 2018.
  14. Countryside Productivity Adding Value to Agri-Food and Improving Farm Productivity grants launched.
  15. Updated the application form appendix (Excel Spreadsheets) for forestry and reservoirs
  16. First published.