How to apply for grants and submit an application under the Countryside Productivity Scheme
7 February 2018 - Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme is open for applications
Read the Small Grants section below for more information.
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
Water Resource Management
Adding Value to Agri-food
Improving Farm Productivity
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.
Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme
The RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant 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.
Who can apply
Farmers (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) can apply for this grant. Please read the handbook below to find out more. This scheme is only open to farmers based in England.
When you can apply
The scheme will be open to applications from 7 February 2018 to 14 March 2018 (Midday).
Please remember to check your details on Rural Payments before you apply for this grant. You must make sure they exactly match with the details in your application form or your application will be rejected.
If you have any questions
Once you have read the handbook, if you have any questions please email your enquiry to CPSGEnquiries@rpa.gsi.gov.uk.
What happens next
Fill in your application form on line and sign up to the terms and conditions of the scheme. We will email you after the date that the funding round closes to let you know if your application has been approved. When you receive this email you can purchase your items.
After you’ve purchased all your items, you can claim your money