Published: 23/11/2022 By Jack Denning-JamesSymonds & Sampson’s Rural Agents have been studying the detail of the newly released Slurry Infrastructure Grant. Significant funding is available to pig, beef and dairy farmers. Rural Agent Jack Denning-James from our Devizes office outlines the details.
The grant will be available to pig, beef and dairy farmers whose farming systems produce slurry. It will help replace, build new or expand existing slurry stores to provide 6 months of storage. This grant is competitive and will fund between £25,000 and £250,000 per agreement based on standard grant rates. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will award the grant to those projects that have the greatest environmental outcomes.
You can use this grant for slurry stores including tanks, lagoons and concrete stores fitted with impermeable covers and large permanent bags. The grant will also fund items necessary for the basic functioning of new or expanded slurry stores, such as reception pits, slurry pumps and agitators. Some of the highlighted payment rates are detailed below:
Further funding is available on a standard cost basis for pumps, choppers, pipework, transfer channels, agitators and safety equipment. The grant will not pay toward costs for obtaining planning, removing old stores, concreting yard areas and several other items.
You will need to provide evidence regarding:
- The type of store you want to build
- The volume of storage you need to reach 6 months’ capacity (m3)
- The type of cover you will have
- How big the cover will be (m²)
- Other items their sizes (i.e. the number of wall mixers and volume of reception pit etc)
The RPA will assess business based on several environmental and financial targets and will include optional advice from your local catchment-sensitive farming officer. The RPA will aim to either approve or reject applications within 60 days of submission. Priority will be given initially to schemes near Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and wetlands designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention (or Ramsar sites) and air quality priority areas.
If successful, applicants will enter a five-year funding agreement during which time they must maintain 6 months’ slurry storage, keep slurry covered and produce and use a nutrient management plan. Applicants will be able to make up to three claims over the duration of the project and grants will be paid in arrears.
Symonds & Sampson are able to help you through every step of the new Slurry Infrastructure grant including the eligibility checker, applying for planning permission for the new grant funding, sourcing finance if required and submitting full applications on your behalf. We expect this grant to be exceptionally popular and advise you to make a start on the application as soon as possible if you intend to apply.
Please contact Jack Denning-James (01380 710535) or George Whittaker (01305 236237) for more information.