Information on Government grants.

Countryside Productivity Small Grant

What is the Countryside Productivity Small Grant?  The RDPE Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme is designed to provide funding for farmers to help you purchase equipment to improve the productivity of your farm.

When does it open? Round 2 opened on 9th July 2019 and closes mid-day on 3rd September 2019.

Who can apply? Farmers (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors).

How much can I claim? Each item has been allocated a standard cost by the RDPE. The grant allows you to claim back 40% of the standard equipment cost. Farmers can purchase items which exceed this amount but will only be reimbursed 40% of the standard cost.

Do mobile yards qualify? Yes, below is a table which shows the qualifying equipment that can be supplied by Rappa along with the standard costs set by the RDPE. Please note that each piece of equipment has a minimum specification which needs to be adhered to.

Equipment Specification Standard Cost Standard Cost
Mobile Sheep Handling Systems  Suitable for a minimum of 250 sheep with the aim to allow farmers to handle sheep on blocks of ground away from the main holding. Must include a gathering pen, forcing pen, drafting race, dosing race, side pens, the ability to fit plastic footbath and an integrated road legal trailer. Requirements taken from technical note 606 SAC £7,487
Electronic Weigh
Electronic weigh crate with EID compatibility to be used in conjunction with Electronic Weigh System. The weigh system will be a digital weighing device with the ability to record individual animals and track the live weight gains as well as the capability for drafting. The device will have a computer or mobile device interface. £4,832
Sheep Handler Crate or clamp style sheep handler for efficiently dagging, dosing and sorting sheep. £3,273
EID (Stick) and Panel Readers Stick reader with RFID technology for individual reading of animals. Must be capable of scanning tags and storing data, with the ability to connect wirelessly to phones or other devices. Must be able to read HDX and FDX B tags. £550
Electric Fencer Energiser Solar powered Electric Fencing Energiser providing at least 0.15 joules with integrated battery £240

How do I apply? Applications can only be done online -

What happens next? When your application is approved, you will have 10 days to order your equipment. We then have 150 days in which to deliver. The grant is then paid as a single payment in arrears.

Please call us to discuss your mobile yard requirements 01264 810665.

These are the condensed facts about the grant and you will need to comply with a few more regulations, we therefore highly recommend you read the handbook in full before applying. Here is a link to the handbook.

Welsh Farm Business Grant

The Welsh Government’s Farm Business Grant (FBG) will open ten windows for grant applications over the next four years as part of a £40 million pound allocation of grant funding available to farmers.

  • Applicants only get one opportunity to apply for funding over the four year period in one of the 10 application windows
  • The fourth application window is currently open and runs until 5th October 2018 
  • Applicants must attend a ‘Farming for the Future’ roadshow and business turnover must not exceed £1million
  • Grant allocation will range from a minimum of £3,000 based on a £7,500 spend up to a maximum grant of £12,000 based on a £30,000 spend

Visit the Welsh Government Website for the ‘Farming for the Future’ roadshow dates or call the Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000 813. E-Mail for further details on application criteria and guidance notes.

Countryside Stewardship Grant

Available for Higher Tier. Only in conjunction with a land management option and if:

  • a new management regime is being introduced on the site
  • a substantial change in grazing management is needed
  • livestock handling facilities are essential for carrying out the associated land management option

Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) - Ireland

TAMS II first opened in June 2015 and is set to run until December 2020. This scheme is co-funded by the EU and the national exchequer under the Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) with a total allocation of over €395m over its duration. TAMS II aims to provide farmers with grant aid to improve and/or build a specific range of farm buildings or purchase equipment that may benefit their farm businesses.

For more information visit:

Contact our Irish distributor for help and any questions:

Leader Grant - England and Scotland

A total of £138 million has been made available between 2015 and 2020 under the LEADER grant scheme. We are aware that there is LEADER grant money available for agricultural business. This grant money is discretionary and is allocated locally. You can apply to your Local Action Group (LAG) for funding for projects that create jobs, help your business to grow, and benefit the rural economy.

Please visit below sites for more information: