Improving Farm Productivity grants: open for applications today

The Improving Farm Productivity theme is open to farmers, growers and related contractors with the minimum grant of £35,000. The maximum grant available under this theme is £500,000 per applicant. 

The grants awarded through ‘improving farm productivity’ will pay for capital items to improve farm and horticulture productivity through: 

  • the use of robotic or autonomous equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production 
  • the installation of slurry acidification equipment (to improve nutrient management and reduce ammonia emissions). 

The process starts with an online eligibility checker.

The online checker opens today and will remain open until the 16 March 2022. 

Those who are invited to make a full application will have until 14 September 2022 to do so.  

If planning permission is then required for the project to proceed, this will need to be in place by 31 December 2022. 

To learn more, Sign up to join the webinar on Tuesday 24 Jan at 10am. Defra policy leads will talk through the details of the Improving Farm Productivity theme and will be available to answer your questions. 

If you have any questions relating to what the theme will pay for, please email the Rural Payments Agency at 

The full announcement on the DEFRA blog can be read here