• Eamonn Watson


Updated: Oct 13, 2020

Farmers in England only have until November 4th to claim up to £12,000 in grants towards the costs of a wide range of equipment to improve productivity.

The great news is the grants are available for those farming in any of the dairy, livestock, horticultural and arable sectors to claim 40% back on a whole host of equipment, with a simple, online application that takes just 10-15 minutes.

The £25m funding was made available this week and comes from the Countryside Productivity Scheme Round 3 and the online application process is now live, but time is pressing, so if you know someone who very well may not know about the deadline, please share this blog with them, as applications close on this final part of the scheme on the night before Bonfire Night.

The equipment items available under the grant were selected by sector experts to ensure a productivity benefit in technical efficiency, animal health and welfare, resource efficiency or nutrient management.

Before you make the application you should :-

1. Read or download the CPS handbook here.

2. Choose and check the price of the equipment you need.

3. Gather this information before you start the application :-

  • Your Customer Reference Number (CRN)

  • Single Business Identifier (SBI) Number

  • Email address that is listed in the Rural Payments service

  • Correspondence email address if different to that registered in the Rural Payments service

  • Business name in the Rural Payments service

  • The postcode and address for your business in the Rural Payments service

  • Ensure you have permission to make Legal changes or Full permissions for the business in the Rural Payments service

  • The amount of land in hectares of any holdings you farm, associated with your SBI.

  • How many animals you keep, which species, sex and age

  • County Parish Holding (CPH) Number if you keep animals

  • The number of people you employ

  • If you received previous CPSG Round 1 and/or Round 2 funding, note the total amount received

4. There’s a handy video here to help you through each page of the application.

5. Make your online application here

Important - By midnight on 31 March 2021, you must have: -

  • Bought all the items

  • Paid for in full (payment must have left your bank account)

  • Installed all items applied for

  • Submitted a single claim

6. If you have any queries or are having difficulties using the online application, email CPSGEnquiries@rpa.gov.uk or call 03000 200301 and follow the options for the Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme.

They may, in exceptional circumstances supply an alternative means of application.

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