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Reminder:  Calling all farmers! Don’t forget the deadline is 11:59pm on 15 May 2023 for you to submit a BPS 2023 application.

Don’t leave it too late. Applications submitted after 11:59pm on 15 May 2023 will incur a penalty.

You can find all of the BPS 2023 guidance on GOV.​UK

Farming Grants available in 2023

In 2023, more than £168m of funding will be available through a variety of grants.

Click here for further details 


The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund  is part of the Farming Investment Fund.  


This fund offers grants for specific items of equipment to increase productivity, boost environmental sustainability and improve animal health and welfare. 

Farmers, foresters and growers in England, including contractors to these sectors, can apply for a grant between £1,000 and £25,000. Grants go towards the cost of specific items from a prescribed list. 

After a successful first round, the fund will open again later this month.  

You can apply for a grant for specific items of equipment and technology for farming, horticultural and forestry businesses.

FETF 2023 has been split into 2 themes:

  • Productivity and Slurry items (Annex 3)
  • Animal Health and Welfare items (Annex 4).

You can apply to either theme or both, for items that best suit your business.

FETF 2023 grant is competitive, and you will not automatically get a grant.

FETF 2023 is administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Click here for details on The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund

Click here for details on The Farming Investment Fund


Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier now open for applications


The application window for Countryside Stewardship is now open for (CS) Higher Tier (HT) revenue agreements which will begin 1 January 2024.

HT is open to all eligible farmers and land managers, including those new to CS and those with existing CS and Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements.  HT agreements are 5, 10 and sometimes 20-year agreements which support farmers and land managers to maintain some of our most environmentally important sites, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest, commons and woodlands. These are usually in places that need complex management, such as creating or restoring habitats, and improving woodland.

DEFRA wish to encourage applications for agri-environment options from all farmers and land managers, not just those who have already been approached by a Natural England adviser. In particular, applications are welcome from those who want to protect, restore, enhance or create habitats, such as flower rich hay meadows, heathland, moorland, and wood pasture, as well as managing other aspects of their land.

Click here for details on the Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier


Environmental land management schemes: details of actions and payments


DEFRA has published further information on the growth and rollout of  their environmental land management schemes.   

It includes the full range of actions, payment rates and when they’ll be available.  

This includes updates on:

Future Farming Resilience Support

Don't forget if you would like to discuss these options with an independent farm business adviser under the Future Farming Resilience programme please contact us by emailing with FFR in the subject line or calling 01237 428834.