The exact details of the grant are still to be published but it is likely that the process will be very similar to the first round. Under the first round funding was available for 40% of the specified standard cost for a number of items designed to increase farm efficiency. Grants were available for £3,000 - £12,000 (£7,500 - £30,000 total spend) per applicant with the ability to bundle together several items within the list.
The areas of funding included: Cattle & Dairy Equipment, Sheep Equipment, Pig Equipment, General Livestock Equipment, Precision Farming Equipment, Resource Management and Efficiency Equipment, Other General Equipment.
Issues experienced with the first round included:
- Incorrectly filling in the application form: including not entering the SBI number correctly. This meant that many applications were turned down due to minor errors.
- Equipment suppliers not being able to deliver the item within the 150 day window: There has been an extension allowed for certain items however some applicants have missed out on grant funding due to this and therefore it is important to get items ordered quickly once the grant offer has been received or even reserve the item if the supplier will allow this. The items in short supply included livestock handling systems and squeeze crush’s.
If you would like to get a head start with round 2 then why not register your interest with ADAS so that we can keep you informed and guide you through the process once the application window opens.
You can read the full GOV.UK announcement here.