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Food and Farming

Farm Productivity

Temporary moratorium – The Local Action Group has supported several applications for funding towards the purchase of zero and low till drills.  A temporary moratorium has been put in place on this type of application to allow the projects that have already been funded to be monitored and evaluated.  If you project involves the purchase of zero or low till equipment please contact the LAG Manager for advice.

These grants will support a wide range of farm investments. They are particularly for businesses that want to invest in innovative business practices and new technologies to help them become more sustainable and productive. There are 3 main types of projects that could be supported:

A) A project to improve the overall performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding;

B) An investment to support animal health and welfare improvements; or

C) The processing, marketing and/or development of agricultural products.

Examples of the type of activities that could be funded are set out below.  For detailed information about eligibility criteria, the amount of funding you can apply for and how to submit an application please refer to the Wash Fens Applicant Handbook.

A) A project to improve the overall performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding

Who can apply: Farmers, Groups of Farmers

Applications for grants could include:

  • Equipment and machinery to improve the efficiency of the use of energy, water, fertiliser and other direct inputs (for example precision farming or new technologies);
  • Equipment and machinery to reduce impacts on soils (like specialist drills to enable low or zero tillage farming) and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Investments to improve facilities for slurry/manure management; and
  • Investments to modernise or mechanise production and increase productivity.

Costs could include

  • Construction, acquisition or improvement to immovable property;
  • the purchase or hire purchase of new and second hand equipment
  • general costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (limited to 15% of the project’s total eligible costs);
  • Intangible investments including acquisition or development of computer software; and acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights and trademarks.

B) An investment to support animal health and welfare improvements

Who can apply: Farmers, Groups of Farmers

Applications for grants could include:

  • equipment and machinery to improve the efficiency of use in animal feed and other products;
  • improvements to livestock housing to improve animal welfare or energy efficiency;
  • equipment and machinery to improve animal handling.

Costs could include:

  • the costs of construction, acquisition (including leasing) or improvement to immovable property;
  • the purchase or hire purchase of new and second hand machinery and equipment
  • general costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (limited to a maximum of 15% of the project’s total eligible costs);
  • intangible investments including, acquisition or development of computer software;
  • acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights and trademarks

C) The processing, marketing and/or development of agricultural products

Who can apply: Farmers, Land owners, Processing Businesses with fewer than 250 employees

Applications for grants could include:

  • investment in equipment, technologies or processes to reduce waste;
  • investment in equipment, technologies or processes to develop new or higher quality products;
  • business start-ups;
  • marketing activity, excluding hard copy material, associated with the above investments;
  • construction or conversion of buildings to be used for processing activities.

Costs could include

  • construction, acquisition (including leasing) and/or improvements to immovable property;
  • the purchase or hire purchase of new and second hand equipment
  • general costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (restricted to a maximum of 15% of total project costs);
  • intangible investments including, acquisition or development of computer software;
  • acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights, trademarks.

How to apply

1) Check if your project is located in the Wash Fens Area (open map)

2) Download and read the Applicant Handbook

3) Check the application submission dates

4) Complete an Expression of Interest Form (see guidance notes)

5) Submit to washfens@lincolnshire.gov.uk

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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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