Information on Government grants.

Countryside Productivity Small Grant - Round 3 - NOW CLOSED

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 3 opened on Thursday 8th October and closes mid-day on 4th November 2020.

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.

Code Equipment Rappa Product Specification Standard Cost Standard Cost
SG27 Mobile Sheep Handling Systems  Series 10 or 12 Mobile Yard Trailer mounted mobile sheep handling system capable of holding and handling a minimum of 250 sheep with the aim to allow farmers to handle sheep away from the main holding. The system must include a minimum of 20 hurdles to create a gathering pen, forcing pen and must include a minimum of two side pens. The system must include drafting and dosing race with the ability to fit a foot bath. The trailer must be integrated into the handling system and form part of the handling race. Trailers which are not integrated and could be used for other purposes are not eligible under this item. The integrated trailer must be road legal. The handling system must be of all metal construction. Wooden elements e.g. floors to the race, wooden gates or hurdles are not eligible under this item. All ferrous metalwork must be either galvanised or powder coated. Painted systems are not eligible. £7,487
SG29 Electronic Weigh
RaceWeigh with EWeigh and Android Tablet Bundle or Ezi-Weigh 7i Indicator Weigh crate with electronic weigh system. The weigh system will be a digital weighing device with the ability to record individual animal weights and track the live weight gains. If the reader relies on a mobile device to input access and record this information the mobile device must be purchased as part of this item. The system will be compatible for use with EID. Must have the ability to download data to computer or mobile device. A weigh crate must be purchased with this item. If you wish to use an existing crate or combine weighing with another item then you should not include this item in your application. Refer to SG7 and SG8 for weighing system components £4,832
SG7 Electronic Weigh System (all species) EWeigh and Android Tablet Digital weighing device with the ability to record and display on screen individual animals’ weights, track the live weight gains and access recorded information on an individual animal e.g. breeding and movements. If the electronic weighing system relies on a mobile device to input, access and record this information the mobile device must be purchased as part of this item. Must have the functionality to operate with EID readers and operate auto drafting systems. It must also have the ability to be connected to a computer or mobile device to download collected information. Weigh bars are not included in this item they are a separate item see SG8. Group and automatic average animal weighing systems not eligible under this item. £1,700
SG30 Sheep Handler RaceGrip Clamp style sheep handler for efficiently dagging, dosing and sorting sheep. If you are considering applying for funding on this item please note it cannot also form part of SG27 ‘Mobile sheep handling systems’. £3,273
SG35 EID (Stick) and Panel Readers Agrident or Trutest Stick Readers EID hand held device (stick reader) with RFID technology for individual reading of animals. Must be capable of scanning tags and storing tag data, with the ability to connect wirelessly to mobile phones or other devices. Must be able to read HDX and FDX B tags. £550
SG39 Electric Fencer S150, S500 and S1000 Solar powered electric fencing energiser with integrated solar panel and battery. Energiser providing at least 0.15 joules output. Purchased as a whole working unit (single item), not parts. £240

Can I apply for Round 3 even if I applied in Round 1 and 2?  If you applied for Round 1 and 2, and your applications were successful, but did not reach the £12,000 maximum, you can apply in Round 3. However, the grant value of your Round 3 application must be £3,000 or more. Therefore, if you received more than £9,000 grant in total from Round 1 and 2, you will not be eligible to apply under Round 3. If the grant value of your application is less than £3,000, your application will be rejected. Please see the full handbook for more details. Here is a link to the handbook.

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 until 31st March 2021 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: