The Improving Farm Productivity grant opened for applications this week for:
- Robotic and automated equipment with grants of up to 50% of the cost. The minimum grant is £25,000 up to £500,000 and the equipment includes voluntary robotic milking systems, feeding robots, slurry robots and advanced ventilation control units.
- Solar PV equipment with grants of up to 25% of costs. The minimum grant is £15,000 up to £100,000 and eligible items include the Solar Panels but also batteries, inverters and grid connection.
In December, Defra published the guidance notes which include the list of eligible equipment. You can read the latest Defra blog about the scheme here. The deadline for the 1st stage eligibility check is 21st March and you can find out more at a Defra webinar on 30th January - Sign up to attend.