Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship claims are currently being checked and payments made. It is important to check the payment received against your agreement and see that amount is what you are expecting.
Many Stewardship Capital Works plans end on the 31 December 2021. Ensure all works that needs to be done / can be done are finished, invoices paid (where necessary), and that supporting documents and evidence (e.g. bank statements and photographs) are available so that claims can be made. DOUBLE CHECK expiry dates so that no deadlines are missed.
CURRENT SCHEMES OPEN FOR APPLICATION
Future Farming Resilience Fund – sign up now with providers.
Farming Equipment and Technology Fund – grants from £2000 – £50000 for equipment. Closes 7th January 2021.
Farming Transformation Fund – Grants for Water Management, projects over £87,500. Expressions of interest in by 12th January 2021.
Farming in Protected Landscapes – offers funding to farmers and land managers in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is not an Agri-Environmental scheme. First round applications close 31st January 2022.
English Woodland Creation Grant – Landowners, land managers and public bodies can apply to the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) for support to create new woodland. Applications can be made at any time of year.
Countryside Facilitation Fund – Funding for a person or organisation (Facilitator) to help a groups of farmer and other land managers work together to improve the natural environment at a landscape scale. Applications close 19th January 2022
FUTURE SCHEMES 2022 – 2024
Between now and 2024 as BPS rates decline further, other schemes will be introduced by DEFRA to aid agricultural businesses through the transition period. So far we know of the following:
- Future Farming Resilience Fund
- Farming and Technology Fund
- Farming Transformation Fund
- Farming in Protected Landscapes
- Countryside Stewardship
- Woodland creation
- CS Facilitation Fund
- Sustainable Farming Incentive
- Animal Health and Welfare Pathway
- Slurry investment Scheme
- Lump Sum Exit Scheme
- New Entrant support Scheme
- Shared Prosperity Fund
As DEFRA work through consultations and finalise plans, announcements concerning the finer details of each scheme will be made public. It is important to look at everything that comes out and consider how your business can benefit from them.