Water Management grant Round 2


Apply for a grant for capital items to improve farm productivity through more efficient use of water for irrigation, and to secure water supplies for crop irrigation.

You can apply for a grant for:

  • capital items to improve farm productivity through more efficient use of water for irrigation
  • securing water supplies for crop irrigation by constructing on farm reservoirs which will store abstracted water or harvested rainwater
  • the use of best practice irrigation equipment.

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will prioritise funding for projects that improve:

  • productivity
  • water sustainability
  • the environment

You can apply for a grant if you’re an arable or horticultural business in England, growing or intending to grow:

  • irrigated food crops
  • ornamentals or forestry nurseries

Eligible capital items include equipment to:

  • introduce more efficient water application, (for example, by changing from rain gun application to trickle or boom application)
  • secure water supply for crop irrigation that enables water use in a more sustainable way (for example, constructing a reservoir and moving away from summer abstraction to rainwater harvesting or peak flow/winter abstraction
  • improve business resilience and prosperity (for example, using new irrigation systems and newly irrigated areas to increase productivity or introduce high value crops and/or moving away from fossil fuel powered equipment)
  • encourage collaboration for water storage and irrigation of crops (for example supplying water to neighbouring farmers).

The minimum grant you can apply for is £35,000 (40% of £87,500). The maximum grant for Water Management is £500,000 per applicant business per round of funding.

Grants can cover up to a maximum rate of 40% of the eligible costs of a project. At least 60% of the project costs must be paid for with money from private sources like savings or a bank loan.

Visit the website for full details and to apply.

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