The long-awaited Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme second round was announced by Defra on 9th July 2019.
What is it?
A fund of 15 million is available to farm businesses through the grant scheme. The aim of the initiative is to help farm businesses invest in equipment that will help them achieve improvements in technical efficiency, animal health, and welfare, resource efficiency, or nutrient management.
How much could I get?
You can apply for grants between £3,000 and £12,000 the grant goes to 40% eligible cost of an item, up to 50% for farmers based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.
When should I apply?
Now! Farm businesses have 8 weeks to apply for funding. Applications close on the 3rd September.
How do I apply?
You can apply online at https://www.cpsmall.org.uk/
Applicants for Round 1 funding can also submit a new application to receive funding in Round 2 as long as the total value of both applications is not more than £12,000. Successful applicants will need to provide photos of the items in use on their farm.
How do I know what equipment is eligible for grants?
View the handbook which includes full list of eligible equipment here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/814977/CPSG_Scheme_Handbook_Round_2_v1.0.pdf
Things to look out for! (reference Farmers Weekly)
- Grant recipients have 150 days from the date of their funding agreement to purchase, take delivery of and pay for the grant-funded equipment and submit their claim. In the previous round this proved problematic as the supply and delivery times for some pieces of livestock-handling kit were longer than this. Speak to the manufacturer about supply and delivery times before submitting an application.
- Do not order or buy any of the items in your application before accepting a funding agreement. If a grant has been approved, items chosen cannot be changed and all items selected must be bought if you wish to proceed with the claim
- A claim can be submitted only after all the equipment has been bought and paid for, so cashflow will be needed to allow for this.
- Make sure that equipment meets the specification set out in the handbook. The guidance notes are brief, so it may be necessary to speak to the supplier to double-check. Alternatively, email CPSGEnquiries@rpa.gov.uk with the make and model and a link to the supplier’s website so they can confirm.
- When submitting the claim form, attach copies of invoices for each item and bank statement copies proving the items have been paid for. The invoice must show each item claimed individually, with details of make and model. Double-check that the money has left your bank account before submitting your claim. If the invoice makes no reference to the specification of the machine, the RPA is likely to seek clarification.
- Farmers who successfully applied in round one can apply in round two, but the total value of both applications must not be more than £12,000.