The first part of the Farming Investment Fund – the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) – is open for applications until 7 January 2022.

The FETF is similar in scope to the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme, but there have been some updates. Notable changes include:

  • The addition of new items
  • A reduction in the minimum grant value to £2,000 (maximum in one round is £25,000)
  • It is open to contractors
  • There is more leniency around the ‘all or nothing clause’ if you are unable to get an item

Items included this time around include dribble bar and trailing shoe systems; automatic calf feeders; cattle handling systems; and heat recovery units.

Applications must be made by 7 January 2022, and items must be installed and paid for prior to the claim deadline on 30 September 2022.

For informed advice and practical assistance with this grant, the Basic Payment Scheme other agri-environment schemes, please call Alex Orttewell or Richard Edge on 01935 852170 or email