Rural Funding Opportunities

Countryside productivity scheme: The funding can be used to invest in improved infrastructure and ground-breaking new technology, opening up opportunities for our farmers. A grant may cover up to 40% of the total eligible costs of the project. There are 2 types of grants:small grants and large grants. Small grants - funding of between £2,500 and £35,000 is available. One small grant can be used to apply for a range of small grant items. Large grants - funding of between £35,000 and £1,000,000 is available. Applicants can apply for a mix of large grant items in one application. Applications can only be for large grant items or small grant items not a mix of both. Grant funding can be used to invest in: Animal productivity, health and welfare; Arable and horticultural productivity; and Resource management.

Countryside Stewardship facilitation funding: The Countryside Stewardship (CS) facilitation fund supports people and organisations that bring farmers, foresters, and other land managers together to improve the local natural environment at a landscape scale. This landscape scale approach can cover land under existing agri-environment and forestry/woodland agreements, common land and land not currently covered by a scheme. It builds on the principles of partnership working to deliver environmental benefits, as demonstrated by various initiatives, including farm clusters and the farmer-led Nature Improvement Area.

Forestry Commission Grants available:

Sustainable Communities Fund - Grants are available for up to 50% of the project cost from £250 to a maximum of £10,000. For more information contact South Downs National Park.