New grant funding available for rural projects

Earlier this month the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) launched three new grants available to farmers under the RDPE Growth Programme. The grants are designed to provide funding for projects in rural areas which create jobs and growth in the rural economy. What grants are available? The RDPE Growth Programme provides grant funding for […]

Posted on November 22nd, 2019 by

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant

The second round of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant is now open  for farmers in England. The Rural Payments Agency introduced the first round of its Small Grant Scheme under the Countryside Productivity programme last year with great success. The grant is part of the Rural Development Programme for England and gives grant funding towards […]

Posted on July 9th, 2019 by

What Agricultural Grants are available in 2019?

Claas tractor

2018 was an extremely popular year for agricultural and rural grants with Carver Knowles securing over £500,000 worth of funding for local farmers and businesses. The majority of these grants such as LEADER and the Rural Development Programme grants were funded with European money and the schemes have now started to close to new applications. […]

Posted on February 1st, 2019 by

Severn Trent are offering a grant up to £5,000 for local farmers

The Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS) provides grants up to £5,000 for infrastructure improvement and land management changes for farmers situated within the Severn Trent Target Areas. STEPS has been specifically designed to protect and improve watercourses as well as the wider environment by supporting infrastructure improvements which are above and beyond good agricultural […]

Posted on November 29th, 2018 by

What is happening to environmental schemes post Brexit?

The Agricultural Bill confirmed that Basic Payment Scheme payments will start to be progressively phased out in 2021, with all payments stopping by 2028. The current Countryside Stewardship is envisaged to remain available until 2024, with a new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) starting from 2025. This will be piloted from 2021 and based on […]

Posted on October 4th, 2018 by

Exceptional weather allows for agreement adjustments

With the unusually hot and dry weather conditions, Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency have made adjustments to some options for those farmers who have experienced difficulties. These include issues with failed establishments for Wild Bird Food Plots, Catch Crops and the capacity to allow grazing where there may be a fodder shortage. The […]

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by

Woodland Creation Grant Now Open

Natural England has re-launched the very successful Woodland Creation Grant. This provides funding for planting of woodlands, associated protection items and infrastructure to assist its establishments. If the application is successful you will have two years to purchase and plant/install the capital items. Some of the more popular items include: Tree planting (£1.28/tree) Fencing (£4/m) […]

Posted on September 13th, 2018 by

The Small Productivity Grant

Farm finance for dairy farmers

The Small Productivity Grant was extremely popular with many farmers in Wales and England on the last round. The grant paid 40% of the standard item price up to £12,000, therefore no quotes or additional information was required. Items include Cattle and sheep handling equipment GPS and field mapping Slurry Application Direct Drills EID readers […]

Posted on August 15th, 2018 by

Last call for LEADER Grants

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Over the last 18 months Carver Knowles has been involved in helping farmers to secure over £260,000 worth of LEADER Grant funding for a range of agricultural equipment and diversification including: Direct Drills GPS and Auto Steer Cattle Handling Equipment Automatic Palletiser Slurry Sand Separator Shepherd Huts Equine Facilities Barn conversion for diversification purposes LEADER […]

Posted on August 15th, 2018 by

Successful Countryside Stewardship Workshop

On Thursday 12th April Carver Knowles joined forces with Green Farm Seeds to put on a Countryside Stewardship workshop attended by farmers from Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. The evening focused on two important aspects of the scheme, the application process and the establishment and maintenance of the available options. The Government have stated that they will […]

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by