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By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 13 Nov 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Farmers Grants Single Payment Scheme Sps

The system that gives grants to farmers isn’t easy to follow. An enquiry to DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) will often lead to other bodies. Among these are Regional Development Agencies (RDAs); the Forestry Commission; and various other agencies that cover the regions of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

However, it’s possible to give an overview of agricultural grants. This can at least ensure that farmers don’t lose out on the common types of funding.

Single Payment Scheme

The European Union’s main grant programme for farmers is the Single Payment Scheme (SPS). There is no relation between the SPS and farm production. Farmers can build their businesses on the demands of the market rather than demands from government.

The agencies that run the SPS, and the methods of administration, differ in each UK region. In England, the conditions for receiving SPS payments are as follows: an eligible party must be a farmer; must have eligible land; and must have entitlements. The definition of eligible land is permanent pasture and arable fields.

Entitlements refer back to 2005. In this year, the government issued entitlements to most farmers. Farmers can get more entitlements by buying or leasing them from other farmers.

To claim SPS payments, a farmer must have a hectare of eligible land for each entitlement. The payment is a flat rate plus an amount based on any subsidies a farmer received before 2005. In England, payment for each entitlement will become just a flat rate by 2012.

English farmers must make their SPS payment applications via the Rural Payments Agency. The deadline is 15 May each year. This summary of SPS payments does not cover Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The regional SPS agencies have further details.

Forestry Commission Grants

If a farmer has woodland, there are grants for forest development and management. Funding comes from the EU. Each region runs the scheme to meet local needs. However, a useful first point of contact for grants is the UK Forestry Commission.

Area Payment for Nuts Scheme (APNS)

Farmers can apply to their regional agency for money to help fund nut growing. The nuts eligible under APNS are almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios and walnuts. The grant also applies to locust beans.

Aid for Energy

Farmers can grow crops such as willow and rapeseed for energy production. Energy companies may burn the crops to create electricity; or they may process the crops into fuel such as biodiesel. Farmers receive a set amount per hectare of energy crop.

Protein Crops

For the purpose of a grant, protein crops are field beans, peas and sweet lupins. Farmers growing these crops receive a set premium per hectare.

Restrictions

The APNS, Aid for Energy and Protein Crop grant schemes have restrictions. For example, if the total number of energy crop hectares exceeds two million across the UK, the amount of the payments drops.

Some schemes also have a limited life. It’s therefore wise to check the current and future position on grant payments within a region before changing a farm’s produce.

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Hello I live in northern Ireland and last year I transferred my entitlements to my cousin, I recently had major wind damage to a old shed and want to build a new one in its place to house machinery. Is there any eligible grants I can get to help with costs even without entitlements? Many thanks
toylexus - 13-Nov-17 @ 9:35 PM
Sar - Your Question:
Hi there looking to start my own pedigree flock of sheep but very hard to get the money to start how do people start off I work and a farm with sheep and cattle but some of my own all advice would be much appreciated

Our Response:
There are various grants still available for prospective farmers or existing farmers wishing to expand or diversify. Try this National Farmers Union page.
GrantsExpert - 5-Sep-17 @ 12:26 PM
Hi there looking to start my own pedigree flock of sheep but very hard to get the money to start how do people start off I work and a farm with sheep and cattle but some of my own all advice would be much appreciated
Sar - 3-Sep-17 @ 5:48 PM
Hello, I am 17 and have around 50 sheep, i only rent the land but would like to increase my farming activities, would there be any grants available to me. Regards
DBC - 31-Aug-17 @ 9:33 PM
Hi, I am under 40 years old and have been given the opportunity to go into a farming partnership 50/50 on a hill farm with beef and sheep in England. I was wondering if anyone could advise me as to whether these 'young farmer' or 'new entrant' startup grants are available in England as well as Scotland please or if there are any form of grants available to me to get a start in farming, which is ultimately my dream. Many Thanks.
Ems - 7-Jul-17 @ 4:13 PM
I am an Indiansocial worker and teacher I need agricultural grant to food security
Raju - 11-May-17 @ 7:22 PM
My business partner has sent in our single farm payment documents for 2016 on time( he did not use registered post). But we failed to receive our payment of £11k . Upon contact with rural payments agency they say they never received it. Is there any means of obtaining payment from them or is there any financial help I can receive through grants to fill this financial void Regards Phil
Stressed - 6-Mar-17 @ 11:34 AM
Dear Director, We have the honour to apply for international grant application material.We are a group of 25 peasant farmers,all of us living below poverty level.We have read about the Self-Development of people and,we wish to apply for partnership with Self-Development of people towards our initiatives titled:- "Weh Vegetable Irrigation Project" The project is a mutual proposal of the group member,which is aimed at improving on the hiring conditions of the members of the groups. 1. PROBLEMS ADDRESSED a) The members lack good tools/equipment to produce enough food for themselves and the market. b) The soil conditions in the area are poor causing hard labour,but bringing in low crop yield. c) The members live in poverty and lack enough food. d) The members lack the required skills to produce high quality food. JUSTIFICATION The project is therefore necessary because the members will work as a group,learn from each other,acquire good farm inputs and equipment,produce enough vegetable and bring in good prices.They will also find systems that will enhance and maintain fertility of the soil. 2. PROJECT OUTCOME The group members envisaged that,if implemented the project will change the living conditions of members in the following ways. - The members with acquire skills to better manage soil fertility and to increase yields. - Income level of the members will be improved upon. - Group members will secure a better livelihood for their families. - The members will work together,learn from each other,sell their produce together and take control over the prices of the crops they produce. 3. PROJECT MANAGEMENT The group member has initiated the project.It will be managed and operated by the members and it will benefit them directly PROJECT DURATION The project execution period is 12 months.After this period the group will become self-reliant and will be able to carry on with the project unassisted. Kindly find attached our Project budget. Best regards
Kulin - 18-Feb-17 @ 10:11 PM
Dovedale - Your Question:
Hi we are young farming family, who have recently lost our rented farm, but have managed to purchase some land, and get planning passed for a house however getting mains electricity is going to pay a fortune because we are in a rural location. Are there any grants available to help with the cost. Thanks in advance

Our Response:
You could try DEFRA - which has various grants for energy/rural development. There are also some schemes that encourage renewable energy in rural communities whichmight be worth doing an internet search for. Try also the Turn 2 Us website
GrantsExpert - 17-Nov-16 @ 2:32 PM
Hi we are young farming family, who have recently lost our rented farm, but have managed to purchase some land, and get planning passed for a house however getting mains electricity is going to pay a fortune because we are in a rural location. Are there any grants available to help with the cost. Thanks in advance
Dovedale - 16-Nov-16 @ 10:19 PM
Tony - Your Question:
Hello I'm looking at setting up a small farm for disabled adults (residential & day ). We are currently renting a small hill farm 36 acres with our autistic foster son in Alston after moving from Norfolk ,I have the funds to buy said property but would need grants for conversion of barn (planning permission in place ) to a residential units ,any advice would be greatly appreciated

Our Response:
try:
Government Business Development Grants - business development grants are available to develop a new or existing business in a rural area.
Great Business - Government Site for new businesses
Local Action Group (LAG) - You can apply to your Local Action Group (LAG) for funding for projects that create jobs, help your business to grow, and benefit the rural economy, under the LEADER scheme
GrantsExpert - 11-Nov-16 @ 12:51 PM
Hello I'm looking at setting up a small farm for disabled adults (residential & day ). We are currently renting a small hill farm 36 acres with our autistic foster son in Alston after moving from Norfolk ,I have the funds to buy said property but would need grants for conversion of barn (planning permission in place ) to a residential units ,any advice would be greatly appreciated
Tony - 10-Nov-16 @ 1:18 PM
Hi, my partner's parents have a small holding in Wales, with approx fifty sheep, but would like to see if they can obtain some sort of funding in order to build a shed to keep the sheep in? They are in their late sixties and it would be a great help. Can you advise?
Cymru - 7-Nov-16 @ 5:48 PM
Tractorgirl - Your Question:
Hi, I just bought some land just over the Welsh Border. I am going for Agricultural Workers Dwelling with a strong business plan. There is already full planning permission in place for a large Cattle building. Can anyone confirm if there are any grants available for a Borehole, or assistance for the Barn, or even any drainage works. Quite keen on the whole green credentials idea.Any ideas please? Thank you

Our Response:
If the land has agricultural status, some of the farmers' grants listed here on the NFU site might be useful.
GrantsExpert - 14-Sep-16 @ 12:30 PM
Hi, I just bought some land just over the Welsh Border. I am going for Agricultural Workers Dwelling with a strong business plan. There is already full planning permission in place for a large Cattle building. Can anyone confirm if there are any grants available for a Borehole, or assistance for the Barn, or even any drainage works. Quite keen on the whole green credentials idea...Any ideas please? Thank you
Tractorgirl - 12-Sep-16 @ 8:07 PM
Hey there, me and my father are interested in looking into a grant of £7000 to buy machinery to start off our contracting business what do we do?
Callum - 28-Aug-16 @ 5:50 PM
Sir kindly a m looking for agrant of afree tractor to improve my life situation via rice production in Tanzania i should be grateful for your sympathetic consideration
Mbogoshi - 19-Jul-16 @ 2:56 PM
Charl - Your Question:
Hi myself and my partner are currently working hard within the farming industry. we are 50 cattle and 190 sheep but working hard in an old fashion way with bucketing water etc. we are looking for purchasing concentrate sleepers for our farm lane (1 mile long), a new shed, calf hutches and cattle handling system can anyone suggest any grants that would support and help us.

Our Response:
You could try the National Farmers Union or your local authority for more information about any grants specific to your area. The Small Farm Grants Scheme might be applicable. There are also grants for young farmers but you've not mentioned your age so that might not be relevant to you.
GrantsExpert - 5-May-16 @ 2:04 PM
Hi myself and my partner are currently working hard within the farming industry. we are 50 cattle and 190 sheep but working hard in an old fashion way with bucketing water etc. we are looking for purchasing concentrate sleepers for our farm lane (1 mile long), a new shed, calf hutches and cattle handling system can anyone suggest any grants that would support and help us.
Charl - 3-May-16 @ 2:32 PM
Can someone point me in the direction for grant help for a new cattle shed. Small holder Northern Ireland
Hatchey - 11-Apr-16 @ 10:17 AM
I am seeking a grant so that I can be able to expand of the tree and tea planting Project.There is already 8 acres of pine tree and 6 acres of tea on land of about 120 acres. The project will improve the environment and create jobs for the local community.
N/A - 9-Apr-16 @ 10:40 PM
Global - Your Question:
I have 100 acres of rough land in rural upland Wales which I bought in 1999. I do not use the land other than for occasional recreation when visiting the area. I suspect that the neighbouring farmer I bought the land from may be claiming the Single Farm Payment (and/or other grants) on my land as he has voluntarily cleared the bracken which I assumed he did because his sheep freely wander in. We have no formal agreements. How do I find out if he is claiming a grant on my land?

Our Response:
Firstly check that he is not still entitled to one the payments under this scheme as he still essentially farming on the land. If you want to report him or claim yourself under the "greening" scheme etc, then this page has the contact details.
GrantsExpert - 6-Jan-16 @ 11:38 AM
I have 100 acres of rough land in rural upland Wales which I bought in 1999. I do not use the land other than for occasional recreation when visiting the area. I suspect that the neighbouring farmer I bought the land from may be claiming the Single Farm Payment (and/or other grants) on my land as he has voluntarily cleared the bracken which I assumed he did because his sheep freely wander in. We have no formal agreements. How do I find out if he is claiming a grant on my land?
Global - 5-Jan-16 @ 4:29 PM
Hi I have 250 acre's and it's sweetable for rice and fish farming, in Ghana west African how can I have a grant to expand my projects and help others
Ahenkan - 17-Nov-15 @ 7:34 AM
@John. There are lots of grants still available for farmers. You have not stated whether you are considering agriculture or livestock (or a combination of both)...or whether you have any existing land/equipment etc. This makes it difficult for us to give any specific advice. This page on the government website has lots of information.
GrantsExpert - 4-Aug-15 @ 12:25 PM
Hi is there any grants available to help young farmers to start up on ther own ?
John - 3-Aug-15 @ 9:28 PM
Dearsir kindly a m looking for a grant of a free used tractor to improve my life situation via rice paroduction in TANZANIA
Mbogoshi - 22-Jul-15 @ 8:25 AM
Hi have 12acre small holding on the Somerset levels I am in a environmentally sensitive area was wondering if there is a grant to put up a shed for calves ? Any help would be appreciated
Josh - 16-Jun-15 @ 11:17 AM
@leeroy. There is a complete list of grants available to farmer on the government's website here.
GrantsExpert - 3-Jun-15 @ 12:44 PM
@Dexta2000. The Freshwater Habitats Site has a good list of grants for your pond project. There are some useful links regarding other farming grants in the repsonses to questions below.
GrantsExpert - 2-Jun-15 @ 10:35 AM
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