Grants for Farmers

Please find below the list of grants and funding opportunities from a range of UK organisations that may be of interest to farmers. We have only listed the grants that are currently active and for which applications are still being accepted. This page will be updated on a monthly basis so do keep checking back as we will be adding new grant or funding opportunities as they become available.

General grant pages:

Countryside Stewardship

Countryside Stewardship

Telephone: 0300 020 0301 and select the option for Natural England
Web: For more information on CAP reform

Apply for support under Countryside Stewardship for woodland creation or improvement, tree health restoration or improvement, or to prepare a woodland management plan. The opportunity to apply for funding will reopen again in 2016.

Foresters and other land managers can apply for woodland support under Countryside Stewardship.

Applicants should register with the Rural Payments Agency using the online tool.

Countryside Stewardship is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.

Some of the following funding options were previously available as part of the preliminary Countryside Stewardship offer as ‘woodland capital grants 2015’. They now form part of the full Countryside Stewardship scheme. Read more:

The Countryside Stewardship Manual provides the information needed to apply for the new Countryside Stewardship scheme and additional requirements and processes which must be followed.

Countryside Productivity Scheme

Countryside Productivity Scheme

General enquiries: Telephone 0300 0200 301 (Rural Payments helpline)

The Countryside Productivity grant scheme is closed for applications at the moment.

There were a large number of applications in the last round. The Rural Payments Agency are now assessing these and will soon confirm when applicants will find out if their applications have been successful.

Countryside Productivity Scheme

Growth Programme Business Development Grants

General enquiries: Telephone 0300 0200 301 (Rural Payments helpline)

Growth Programme business development grants are available to develop a new or existing business in a rural area. There are other more specific types of grants available that businesses in rural areas can apply for. These include food processing and tourism infrastructure grants. When a specific grant becomes available, there will be a call for applications so do keep checking to see what's coming up.



LEADER funding is available to local businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers through Local Action Groups (LAG).

A total of £138 million is available in the England between 2015 and 2020 under the scheme. LEADER is part of the RDPE. It is a French acronym (Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l'Économie Rurale) which roughly translates as 'Liaison among Actors in Rural Economic Development'.

What projects are eligible

A LAG is made up of people from the local community and the local public and private sector. Each LAG decides which projects they will fund in their area. This depends on their priorities but all projects must support one or more of the 6 LEADER priorities. These are to:

  • support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
  • boost rural tourism
  • increase farm productivity
  • increase forestry productivity
  • provide rural services
  • provide cultural and heritage activities
WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme)

The On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund

Dates: Applications for the loan will commence from January 2014
WRAP general helpline: Telephone 0808 100 2040

The On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund has been developed to help farmers in England get financial support to build small-scale AD plants on their farms. The fund will be available to farms in England, that have access to slurries or manures; and who wish to build AD plants producing up to 250k/W of power.

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