The Farming Investment Fund is now open. Here you will find lots of information about the grant scheme, what’s available and how to apply via the Gov.uk website. If you would like pre-application support contact us at The Farming Life Centre for free, confidential, impartial advice.
People are able to apply for grants for both smaller investments (The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund) and for larger investments (The Farming Transformation Fund).
The Farming Investment Fund (FIF) provides grants to improve productivity and bring environmental benefits. FIF is made up of 2 separate funds:
- Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (for grants between £2,000 and £25,000)
- Farming Transformation Fund (for grants between £35,000 and £500,000)
Farming Equipment and Technology Fund
The grant is a contribution towards the cost of buying new technology or equipment from an approved list. Items must be purchased through a supplier or manufacturer and not home built.
You must not apply for a grant for any Items that you have already received public funding for. However, any funding received under the previous CPSG scheme won’t count towards the total grant amount through the FETF.
If you are not registered on Rural Payments, then you will need to register.
Submit your application online using the FETF Application Portal by midday on 7 January 2022. Applications cannot be submitted after this date.
How to apply
The Round 1 application period opens on 16 November 2021 and will close on 7 January 2022.
Read the FETF Round 1 manual for full details about who is eligible and what you can get funding for before you apply.
FETF contact details and accessibility information
Email FETFEnquiries@rpa.gov.uk or call the RPA helpline on 0300 020 0301 and select the option for the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund.
Read the FETF accessibility statement.
Farming Transformation Fund
This fund provides grants towards large capital items to help businesses improve productivity, profitability, and environmental sustainability. They are:
- Water Management
- Improving Farm Productivity
- Adding Value
Water Management grant
The Water Management grant is open for applications and will close on 12 January 2022.
Read more information about the Farming Transformation Fund Water Management grant, including how to find out if your project is eligible and how to start your application.
Improving Farm Productivity grant
The Improving Farm Productivity grant opens later this year for applications.
Adding Value grant
The Adding Value grant opens early next year for applications
What happens next
RPA will assess the information you submit. If your project is suitable, you will be asked to submit a full application.
FTF contact details
Email FTF@rpa.gov.uk or call RPA on 03000 200301 and select the option for the Farming Transformation Fund.