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Farming in Protected Landscapes – Shropshire AONB Grant APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Defra launched the Farming in Protected Landscapes fund in July 2021. The programme will run to April 2024 and is aimed at farmers and land managers in England’s Protected Landscapes (AONBs and National Parks).

Kathryn Williams of Davis Meade Property Consultants has recently been appointed to the Farming in Protected Landscapes Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership panel.

Farmers and land managers can apply for grants for projects to provide benefits to one or preferably more of the following categories:- climate, nature, people and place on land in the Shropshire Hills AONB;


  • More carbon is stored and/or sequestered
  • Flood risk is reduced
  • Farmers, land managers and the public better understand what different habitats and land uses can store carbon and reduce carbon emissions
  • The landscape is more resilient to climate change


  • There is a greater area of habitat improved for biodiversity
  • There is an increase in biodiversity
  • There is greater connectivity between habitats
  • Existing habitat is better managed


  • There are more opportunities for people to explore, enjoy and understand the landscape
  • There are more opportunities for more diverse audiences to explore, enjoy and understand the landscape
  • There is greater public engagement in land management, such as through volunteering
  • Farmers and land managers feel increasingly comfortable with providing public goods


  • The quality and character of the landscape is reinforced or enhanced
  • Historic structures and features are conserved, enhanced or interpreted more effectively
  • There is an increase in farm business resilience

Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from farmers and land managers within an AONB or National Park in England, or the Norfolk Broads. The programme may also support activity on other land where that activity can demonstrate benefit to the Protected Landscape, or the Protected Landscape organisation’s objectives or partnership initiatives. Your Farming in Protected Landscapes adviser can advise on whether your land / project is eligible.

What costs can I apply for?

Maximum grant allowance

The maximum grant you can apply for through this programme is £250,000 for a single project although we will only go up to this limit for projects offering exceptional outputs and value for money.  We envisage most projects will be in the range £5,000 - £100,000.

Minimum grant allowance

The minimum grant allowance for the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme in the Shropshire Hills AONB 2021/22 is £3,000. This may change in subsequent years of the programme.

When can I apply?

For the first year of funding, you can apply from 1st July 2021 – 31st January 2022. You can submit your application at any time during this window, though as funding is limited early applications are encouraged.

If you would like further information on the grant fund, please feel free to contact Kathryn Williams via kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com or visit the Shropshire AONB website.


Severn Trent Water - STEPS Grant - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The STEPS grant schemes offer farmers and land managers, both owners and tenants, financial and technical support, to invest in tailored solutions to help tackle diffuse water pollution and to protect and maintain biodiversity and the natural environment.

STEPS for protecting water quality has been running since 2015, and have awarded more than 1,900 grants for projects including:

  • cover crops
  • pesticide washdown areas
  • biofilters

Eligibility for STEPS

You can apply for the main STEPS options all year round. Applications close on Monday 31 January 2022.

To be eligible for support from STEPS, you must:

  • farm or have land in a priority catchment in the Severn Trent region
  • actively farm the land

Severn Trent will match-fund up to £10,000 per application.

For more information please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email: kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com


Forestry Commission Woodland Grants – OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

Woodland Creation and Maintenance grant

A grant made up of a capital element under which you can apply for support to create a woodland, followed by a maintenance element to maintain it.

You can apply for this grant all year round.

18 capital items are available. The primary item is TE4 (Tree planting).

Click link to find out about payment rates and the rules for the scheme:



Woodland Tree Health Grant

Capital grant for farmers and land managers to restock or improve woodland after tree health problems.

You can apply for this capital grant all year round.

The grant is for one-off payments towards the cost of:

  • restocking woodland after a tree health problem
  • felling diseased trees or rhododendron control

Click link to find out about eligibility, the rules of the scheme and how to apply:

Woodland tree health grant: Countryside Stewardship - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Woodland Management Plan Grant

Capital grant for farmers and land managers to produce a woodland management plan.

You can apply for this grant all year round.

The grant is for financial support to produce a woodland management plan that meets UK Forestry Standard requirements, using capital item PA3.

Your plan must cover a minimum of 10 years.

Click link to find out about eligibility, the rules for the scheme and how to apply:


For more information please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email:



Marches Small Business Recovery Grant - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

A new £630,000 grant scheme to help small businesses across the Marches which have suffered as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched.

Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available through the Marches Small Business Recovery Grant, which will help both tourism businesses and those in the wider economy.

Only small businesses in Telford & Wrekin, Shropshire and Herefordshire (the Marches area) with up to ten full-time employees and who can demonstrate a negative impact due to the coronavirus crisis are able to apply.

The grants will be available for projects running between November and January. Costs can cover specialist advice – including HR, accountancy, legal, financial, health and safety, IT/digital and sector-related consultancy – and/or equipment to address immediate needs in response to Covid-19.

 Applications will open on Wednesday 14th October at 9am so please take the opportunity to review the information initially provided on the dedicated website at www.marcheslep.org.uk/marches-business-recovery-grant-launched/  around eligibility and what’s needed in order to prepare and make a successful application.

 The money is drawn from the European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

 For further information contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com



Applications for CS Capital Grants open on 9 February 2021 and close on 30 April 2021.

Capital Grants offers 67 standalone capital items within 3 groups:

•           Boundaries, Tress and Orchards

•           Water Quality

•           Air Quality

The aim is to protect and enhance the natural environment by increasing biodiversity, boosting habitats and improving water and air quality.

Countryside Stewardship agreements will continue to be offered in 2022, 2023 and 2024. This includes capital grants.

Countryside Stewardship will eventually be replaced with the new Environmental Land Management scheme. This will follow trialling and testing and a national pilot involving farmers and land managers. The full Environmental Land Management scheme will be in place from 2024.

Countryside Stewardship Capital Grants are for a maximum of 2 years. Agreements will start from the first of the month after we’ve completed our checks. The exact start date of the agreement will be set out in the Agreement Document.

he maximum total amount of funding for any application has increased from £10,000 to £60,000 but there is a limit of £20,000 for each of the 3 groups.

You can only submit one application for each farm business (that is a single business identifier (SBI) connected to a farm business).

You may need to keep evidence and provide it when requested. Check Countryside Stewardship grants for the evidence and record-keeping requirements of grants before you apply for them.

For more advice please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com


Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme Round 3 – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The CPSG provides investment towards specific items of equipment which will improve productivity and efficiency for farming and horticultural businesses. Please read the guidance carefully to decide whether the items under this scheme meet the investment plans for your business, and if you qualify for support.

Full guidance is in the online handbook - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-small-grant-cpsg-scheme-round-3 (which you can read online or download and print out).  It explains what Round 3 of the CPSG grant is for, who is eligible, how to apply and if successful, how to claim.

You must submit your application using the online portal by noon on 4th November 2020. Applications cannot be submitted after this date.

For further information contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com


Farming Recovery Fund Extension 2020 – re flooding in February 2020 - APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The Farming Recovery Fund is now open for applications from farmers whose land was flooded in February 2020, and who are located in parts of: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, East and North Yorkshire, and a further extension in Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire & Gloucestershire.

Details of the eligible areas, The Handbook and How to Apply are all available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/farming-recovery-fund-extension-2020

All work must meet the specifications set out in the handbook.

Deadline for submitting applications is 1st Sept 2020.

For further information contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com



The Dairy Support Scheme is now open and will close on 11th  September 2020

Since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the dairy industry has faced challenges of excess milk, falling prices, and reduced demand from the hospitality sector. Defra has set up a fund to help those dairy farmers most in need in England overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The new funding will help support dairy farmers who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close.

With some dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess milk, the new fund will provide support to help them continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare by helping cover ongoing costs. These funds will be allocated to those most in need (see section 2 ‘Who can apply’). Eligible dairy farmers will be entitled to up to £10,000 each. The amount of payment will be calculated on around 70% of their losses from actual milk sales during April and May (see section 7 ‘Payments’).

The fund will be administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). All payments received through the fund are made under s.8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 (as amended) and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework for UK Public Authorities (as amended)

Who is eligible?

If you are a cross-border farmer with land in another part of the UK as well as in England, you may apply if the majority of your land is located in England and you received your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 payment from RPA.

You can apply for this scheme if both of the following apply:

  • you supply cows milk to a wholesale purchaser
  • you have had a reduction in the average price paid for your milk of 25% or more in April 2020 compared to that paid in February 2020

Payments will not be made for May losses alone.

How and When to Apply

You can only make one application for each business registered with RPA.

We must receive your application by midnight on Friday 11th September. We cannot accept late applications.

All Dairy Response Fund payments are discretionary and there is no automatic entitlement to any payment. We will email you or write to you within 7 working days of verifying your application to tell you whether it has been accepted or rejected.

For more information or to apply for the grant please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com


Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme Round 2 APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm.   This scheme is only open to farmers based in England.

Farmers can apply for funding towards specific items of equipment listed at Annex 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme Round 2 handbook.

Full details and guidance at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme

All the items have been identified following consultation with industry groups and suppliers as helping achieve improvements in either:

•           technical efficiency

•           animal health and welfare

•           resource efficiency, or

•           nutrient management

Who can apply:

Farmers in England (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) can apply for this grant.

Application forms must be completed online before the deadline of September 3rd.

For further advice or help with an application contact Kathryn Williams 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com


Countryside Stewardship APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED 

The Countryside Stewardship scheme has opened for farmers and land managers to request application packs, for agreements to start in 2019.  

Four simpler, and quicker to apply for, offers are being introduced this year to complement the existing Higher Tier and Mid Tier offers and to open up the scheme to even more farmers and land managers. Unlike existing offers, all landowners who make a valid application for any of the four new packages will be guaranteed funding through the scheme.  This application window is an opportunity for farmers new to Countryside Stewardship (CS), or those coming out of previous stewardship agreements, to sign up for an agreement that will be guaranteed for its lifetime, to protect wildlife, boost biodiversity and deliver environmental benefits for their local communities.

Farmers and land managers have until 31 May 2019 to request a paper application pack. Farmers intending to apply online this year will be able to create their Online Arable Offer application pack from 20 February 2019

The deadline for all applications is 31 July 2019.



This forms part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) Mid-Tier Grants are open for applications until 31st July 2019Water Grants (previously Catchment Sensitive Farming capital grant scheme)- up to £10,000 is available for standalone grants to complete works to improve water quality, e.g. concreting yards, covering handling areas. To be eligible you need to be located within a priority catchment and gain approval for the desired works from your local Catchment Farming Officer.



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