I’m happy to say now you can apply for a Slurry Infrastructure grant.
On this spherical, Spherical 2, £74 million of grant funding is out there. That is greater than double the funding out there in Spherical 1.
With extra funding out there, we’d strongly encourage everybody who needs to enhance their slurry storage to use for a grant. There will probably be one additional spherical in 2024.
Spherical 2 has been considerably improved on suggestions from trade and farmers who utilized final yr. I blogged about these changes in October.
On this put up, I’ll set out course of to use hyperlinks to be taught extra. And, if you happen to haven’t already signed up, we’re internet hosting a webinar to stroll by means of the applying course of, share ideas and reply your questions. Register to attend the webinar on 23 November. In case you can’t attend, don’t fear. We’ll share a recording of the webinar on this put up as soon as it ends.
Making use of for a Slurry Infrastructure grant
The Slurry Infrastructure grant guidance for Round 2 units out who can apply, what the grant will pay for and the data you’ll want to supply whenever you apply.
1. On-line checker
Step one to use is the web checker. Yow will discover it on the Slurry Infrastructure grant Round 2 page on GOV.UK.
The checker will inform you if you happen to’re eligible to use and the way a lot grant funding you could possibly get primarily based in your storage wants.
It’s been designed to be easy to make use of. You will have some essential bits of knowledge earlier than you begin, together with particulars about what you are promoting, deliberate challenge and slurry storage capability.
Be sure you use the most recent model of the slurry wizard software when calculating how a lot slurry storage you want.
This has been by means of a complete replace, primarily based on suggestions from Spherical 1 candidates. We’ve additionally put collectively guidance to help you plan your slurry storage.
You should have till 17 January 2024 to make use of the checker.
Functions aren’t first-come-first-served, so take the time to get your particulars proper.
In case you utilized in Spherical 1 however weren’t shortlisted, you received’t be mechanically put ahead for a grant in Spherical 2. So, be sure you reapply, updating any particulars which have modified during the last yr.
As soon as functions shut, we’ll have a look at what number of tasks we are able to fund. If obligatory, we’ll run a shortlisting train. You may examine how we’ll do that within the steering on GOV.UK.
We’ll let everybody know whether or not their challenge has been shortlisted or not shortly after on-line functions shut.
2. Slurry retailer location and design verify
In case your challenge is shortlisted, the Rural Funds Company (RPA) will ship you a slurry retailer location and design verify kind.
You’ll want to finish this by 30 September 2024.
This may ask for particulars about your present and deliberate storage system. A workforce of specialists within the Surroundings Company will evaluation this to verify your challenge will present sufficient storage and adjust to laws.
RPA or the Surroundings Company might focus on modifications with you to verify your ultimate challenge protects the atmosphere and meet laws.
The verify is designed that can assist you get your challenge proper, and to forestall losing time or cash later.
3. Full utility
When you’ve accomplished your slurry retailer location and design verify, RPA will ask for some ultimate particulars about your challenge and financing plans. You’ll additionally want to indicate that you just’ve acquired planning permission. Submit your full utility as quickly as you’re prepared, and by 27 June 2025 on the newest.
4. Construct and declare
As soon as all of the checks are full, you’ll obtain a grant funding settlement setting out the quantity of grant you could possibly declare and the outputs agreed in your challenge. Be sure you don’t incur any eligible prices earlier than your challenge begin date.
In case you apply for a Slurry Infrastructure grant, you can be provided free recommendation from Catchment Delicate Farming (CSF) about tackling air pollution from slurry.
This recommendation is optionally available, and there’s a vary of recommendation out there that can assist you make the fitting selections to enhance slurry administration in your farm.
In case you’re focused on recommendation earlier than submitting an expression of curiosity, contact CSF by following the links to your area on GOV.UK, utilizing the topic heading ‘Tackling air pollution from slurry’.
You too can get free, unbiased enterprise recommendation in your farm from an area supplier in your space by means of the Farming Resilience Fund.