Countryside Productivity Scheme

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

  • small grants

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, 565KB)

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, 565KB)

Adding Value to Agri-food

Adding Value to Agri-food Handbook (PDF, 617KB, 32 pages)

How to fill in an Adding Value to Agri-food Expression of Interest Form (PDF, 993KB, 9 pages)

Adding Value to Agi-food Expression of Interest Form (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 212KB)

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, 565KB)

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).

Small Grant Handbook (PDF, 1.3MB, 49 pages)

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.

Small Grant online application portal

If you have any questions

Once you have read the handbook, if you have any questions please email your enquiry to

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

Published 31 July 2017
Last updated 7 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme launched 7 February 2018. Guidance handbook and online application portal available
  2. 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
  3. Revised version of 'How to Fill in an adding value to agri-food EOI Form Guidance' and Expressoin of Interest Form added to page
  4. Application appendix updated to fix locked cells on the spreadsheets.
  5. Countryside Productivity Scheme - Water Resource Management application deadline extended to 29 June 2018.
  6. Countryside Productivity Adding Value to Agri-Food and Improving Farm Productivity grants launched.
  7. Updated the application form appendix (Excel Spreadsheets) for forestry and reservoirs
  8. First published.