Round 2 of Slurry Infrastructure Grants: What's New and How to Prepare

Published: 12/10/2023 By Jack Curnick-James

DEFRA has announced that they anticipate Round 2 of the slurry infrastructure grant will open in November with more guidance to follow. Jack Curnick-James, Senior Rural Surveyor at our Devizes office highlights what's new in Round 2 and explains how farmers can prepare to take advantage of the grant.

What's New in Round 2

Building upon the lessons from the first round, several noteworthy new items have been introduced in round 2 of the Slurry Infrastructure grant:

  • Slurry Separators: These can make slurry easier to store and move around the farm.
  • Covering Existing Stores: Farmers who have recently invested in slurry storage can receive support to add impermeable covers to their existing stores.
  • In-Situ Cast Concrete Stores: An alternative for farms where transporting pre-cast panels is challenging.
  • Landlord Support: A novel feature allows landlords to underwrite grant funding agreements, which instils confidence in tenant applicants.
  • Increased storage duration for pig farmers to eight months
Managing Demand

Round 2 anticipates a larger number of project submissions. However, to avoid overwhelming suppliers, the program may limit the number of full applications. Projects in areas requiring coordinated action to reduce water and air pollution from farming will be prioritized. This ensures that public funds are directed to areas where they can have the most significant environmental impact.

What Happens Next

Online applications for round 2 will open in November. Once the online checker closes, the level of demand will be assessed. Afterwards, applicants will be informed if they are invited to submit a full application for this round. For those who are not shortlisted, there will be another opportunity to apply in 2024, with an expanded target area.

In conclusion, the second round of Slurry Infrastructure grants presents new opportunities for farmers to improve their slurry storage facilities, benefitting both farm productivity and environmental protection. It’s important to stay up to date with guidance from the government and prepare for the application process. Please contact either Jack (01380 710537) or one of our Rural Grants experts (below) in your nearest office for advice on this, and the wide range of grants available.


Meet the Grants Team


Chris Powell


Rural Partner
Devizes

BSc(Hons) MRICS FAAV


Department: Devizes Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural, Professional,
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, Biodiversity Net Gain, BPS, Contract Farming, Development Land, Diversification, Estate Management, Expert Witness, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Options, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Promotions, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning

01380 710535
07375 370163
cpowell@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Lester Williams


Partner, Auctioneer
Frome Market, Sherborne

MRICS FAAV


Department: Frome Market Rural and Agricultural, Sherborne Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, Biodiversity Net Gain, Boundary Disputes, BPS, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Contract Farming, Diversification, Easements, Energy, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Telecoms, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves

01935 818513
07778 646031
lwilliams@symondsandsampson.co.uk

A-J Monro (Andrew)


Partner, Head of Professional Services
Wimborne

BSC(Hons) MRICS FAAV APAEWE

Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Wimborne Rural and Agricultural

Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, AMC, Boundary Disputes, BPS, Compensation, Contract Farming, Development Land, Diversification, Easements, Energy, Expert Witness, Farm Business Tenancies, Farm Finance, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Options, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Telecoms, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves



01202 882103
07867 555838
amonro@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Jack Edwards


Partner
Salisbury

MRICS FAAV


Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Salisbury Rural and Agricultural
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, BPS, Compensation, Contract Farming, Diversification, Easements, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Planner, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves

01722 334323
07747 888385
jedwards@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Annabel Douglas


Rural Surveyor
Bridport

MSc MRICS FAAV


Department: Rural and Agricultural, Bridport Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, BPS, Compensation, Diversification, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Grass Keep, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Valuations, Valuations for Banks



01308 459564 adouglas@symondsandsampson.co.uk

George Whittaker


Senior Surveyor
Dorchester, Poundbury Burraton House

AssocRICS FAAV MBIAC CEnv

Department: Rural and Agricultural, Dorchester Rural and Agricultural, Burraton Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, Biodiversity Net Gain, BPS, Contract Farming, Diversification, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Planner, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Telecoms, Valuations


01305 236578
gwhittaker@symondsandsampson.co.uk