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.