Shropshire Council is encouraging the county’s farmers to apply for a share of a £60 million fund made available by the Government. According to the Shropshire Newsroom announcement the RDPE [Rural Development Programme for England] Countryside Productivity Small Grant was scheme was launched on 7 February. It is intended to help farmers achieve improvements in either animal welfare, resource efficiency or nutrient management.
Farmers in England can apply for funding between £3,000 and £12,000 – up to 40% of the total cost. The RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm. The Small Grant Handbook is available as a PDF document from the above page or click this direct link.
Applications have to be made on-line, and have a submission deadline of noon on 14 March.