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Grants are often available to encourage good watercourse management, to encourage the use of new technology and renewable energy or just as a support for farmers.  Check with your local government department for agriculture and rural affairs to see which grants are currently available.

Grants 2019

New Round of Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme
Available for England - Applications by 3 Sept 2019

At last, DEFRA has announced the opening of the new round of Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme. Applicants from the first round can still apply for Round 2.  For full details of the scheme and how to apply click the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme#round-2

Regional Grants

Everyone has been focused on Brexit while we have been waiting for the overdue Countryside Productivity Scheme (Small Grants) for 2019.  But don't forget there are regional grants available in some areas funded by local water companies to aid environment protection.  You can claim for fencing, pipework, troughs and ram pumps.

Papa Pump Severn Trent Grants

Severn Trent's Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS)

Open for Applications

Must be farming within a priority catchment in the Severn Trent region (maps available online here)

Funding is available for fencing, pipework, water troughs and ram pumps.

Alternatively the Farmer Innovation will match fund £5,000 per application.

More info at: www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/environment/catchment-management/steps1/

 

Papa Pump South Staffs Water Grants

SPRING 2  Environmental Protection Scheme

Run and Funded by South Staffs Water

Open for Applications

Farmers in the Blithe catchment can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 per farm.

More info at: www.south-staffs-water.co.uk/environment/catchment-management/spring

 

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Scottish Grants

A recent grant for alternative watering was available for Scottish Farmers and Landowners through the Scottish Government’s Rural Payments and Services.  Follow these links to check availability...

Details of the alternative watering scheme:  Scotland alternative_watering.pdf

Agri-Environment Climate Scheme Details:
https://www.ruralpayments.org/publicsite/futures/topics/all-schemes/agri-environment-climate-scheme/

 

UK government grants available for the installation of a Papa Ram Pump

There are many grants available from the UK government and there are specific incentives available to those who install ram pumps in catchment schemes to prevent livestock from entering and damaging the natural watercourse. Water will be pumped from the watercourse to a drinking trough using a ram pump. This will enable the watercourse to be fenced off, thereby preventing water pollution and the destruction of the river bank caused by livestock drinking in a concentrated area.

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river bank erosion caused by livestock drinking

For an overview of all available incentives, rules and compliance, entitlements, registration and claims see:

www.gov.uk/topic/farming-food-grants-payments/rural-grants-payments

If you meet the criteria, then the following may help with the purchase of the pump and with the cost of pipe work:

LV6: Ram pumps and associated pipework. Sum available: £1,480 per pump (as at Feb 2017)

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier in areas targeted for the reduction of water pollution caused by farming where livestock have been excluded from stream or surface waters. This item will provide livestock with an alternative to drinking from watercourses. It will reduce bank erosion, sediment pollution and the faecal contamination of watercourses.

For restrictions/details see:

www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants/ram-pumps-and-associated-pipework-lv6

LV8: Pipework associated with livestock troughs. Sum available: £2.65 per metre (as at Feb 2017)

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier in areas targeted for the reduction of water pollution caused by farming where livestock have been excluded from stream or surface waters on a site where a new trough is needed to meet grazing requirements. It will provide livestock with an alternative to drinking from watercourses. It will reduce bank erosion, sediment pollution and the faecal contamination of watercourses.

For restrictions/details see:

www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants/pipework-associated-with-livestock-troughs-lv8

For all the financial assistance available through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme see:

www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants

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