The Farming Investment Fund has now been launched with £27 million available to farmers, growers, foresters and contractors related to these sectors. The funding scheme is in place to help those in these sectors to invest in items to help them improve productivity and enhance the natural environment.

The scheme is made up of 2 parts:

- The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund

- The Farming Transformation Fund

The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund is very similar to the old Small Productivity Grants, however, there are some key changes:

  1. The list of eligible items is now 120 which can be found HERE.
  2. The minimum claim is now £2,000.
  3. The maximum claim is now £25,000.
  4. Contractors are now able to apply who serve livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors.

The Farming and Technology Fund aims are to:

  • Improve agricultural productivity.
  • Contribute to improved Animal Health and Welfare.
  • Encourage more sustainable pesticide usage.
  • Improve air and water quality.
  • Reduce GHG emissions in line with Net Zero targets.
  • Reduce unsustainable use of abstracted water.
  • Encourage sustainable management of woodlands.

How to apply

The applications window is open until Midday 07 January 2022 and are made through the FETF Application Portal. Applicants must be registered with the Rural Payments Agency.  The deadline upon a successful agreement to purchase, pay, install and claim is 30 September 2022.

Farming Transformation Fund

The Farming Transformation Fund is for larger projects.  Currently, only the Water Management grant is available under this element of the scheme.  The Improving Farm productivity element is planned to open later this year with more information to be released by Defra and the Adding Value grant element will launch early next year with Defra to release information nearer the launch date.

For more information, advice or help with the application process please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at our Holsworthy office on 01409 253297 or 07377 413619.