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We are pleased to announce that the Improving Farm Productivity Stage 1 applications are now open! Even better… the grant will now cover 50% of the project costs for robotic and automated equipment.


Who is the grant funding for?

  • The grant funding is open to farming and horticultural businesses. Contractors are also eligible but for the robotic and automated equipment only.

What will the grant pay for?

  • Robotic and automated equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production.

  • Installation of solar equipment to increase energy resilience and the take up of renewable energy generation on farms.

How much funding is available?

  • The minimum grant available is £25,000 and the maximum grant available is £500,000.

  • The grant will now cover up to 50% of the costs (previously 40%).

  • For solar equipment, the minimum grant is £15,000 and a maximum of £100,000. The grant will cover up to 25% of the solar equipment costs.

  • You can apply for both automated equipment and solar equipment but your total grant funding amount cannot exceed £500,000.

How to apply

  • Stage 1 applications (online checker) will firstly determine if you are eligible to apply for the grant funding and how your project will meet the funding priorities.

  • Stage 1 applications are now OPEN and will close on 21st March 2024.

  • If successful at Stage 1, you will be invited to Stage 2 (full application).

Want to find out more?

You can get in touch with our team of consultants to discuss your options today! Additionally, the RPA will be hosting a webinar on the 30th January 2024 about this grant. Follow the link to get signed up.


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