Farms can now apply for slurry storage grants

Defra has opened applications for the Slurry Infrastructure grant, with farmers in England able to apply for grants of £25-250K towards the cost of slurry stores, covers and supporting equipment.

The grant is available to pig, beef and dairy farmers whose farming systems produce slurry. It helps to replace, build new or expand existing slurry stores to provide six months’ storage. The Rural Payments Agency will award grants to the projects with the greatest environmental outcomes.

There is a two-stage application process, beginning with an online checker, which allows potential applicants to check if they’re eligible for a grant and how much funding they can get.

It also tells Defra how many farmers want a grant and the size of projects across the country, which the department uses to inform how many people it invites to submit a full application in this round.

As you use the checker, Defra says it’s important to be as accurate as you can about your slurry storage needs and project plans. If an application scores highly enough, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will invite the candidate to submit a full application.

The online checker closes on 31st January 2023 and the deadline for submitting full applications is Friday 28th June 2024.

Defra, RPA, Environment Agency and Catchment Sensitive Farming will be hosting a live webinar to answer questions on the grant on Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 14:30. Register to attend here.

To use the online checker visit:

RPA and the Environment Agency have also created guidance to help you plan your slurry storage.

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