Countryside Productivity Scheme

This is a new scheme introduced in March 2015 for the 2014-2020 RDPE programme. The scheme is targeted at farmers and growers. The amount of grant available is up to 40% per application but the amount available is limited so the scheme will be highly competitive.

The first round of application has a 30th June 2015 deadline so if you have a potential project (see list below) then the application process should be commenced as soon as possible.

Investment Category

Eligible Investment

Potential claimants for grant

Arable and horticultural productivity

LED lights with wavelength control

Arable and horticultural farmers


Controlled atmosphere storage areas for fruit and vegetables (not packing and grading equipment)

Arable and horticultural farmers


Remote crop sensors

Arable and horticultural farmers


Crop robotics

Arable and horticultural farmers

Resource management

Improving water management (reservoirs) – showing evidence of water savings

Farmers or groups of farmers


Slurry application systems



Air scrubbers and heat exchangers

Non-intensive pig, or poultry farmers


LED lighting in livestock housing

Non-intensive pig, poultry or dairy farmers


Poultry litter drying systems

Poultry farmers

Animal productivity, health and welfare


Cattle, sheep or pig farmers

Application Process

There are two level of grant award, which is reflected in the two application systems.

Small grant (award of grant between £2,500 and £35,000) is a single application form to be submitted before 30th June.

Large grant (award of grant between £35,00 and £1 million) is a two stage process. The initial application setting out the project has to be submitted before the 30th June 2015.

Projects that are expected to come within the large grant application process are Controlled Atmosphere stores and improving water management projects i.e. reservoirs and connected equipment. Large scale applications that are collaborative will have greater the chances of success.

Projects that are included in Producer Organisation Operational Programmes will not be considered.

For an initial discussion on your project please contact Keith Leddington-Hill on 01223 813522; Email Keith@laurencegould.com

Countryside Productivity Scheme – Growth Program - £177 million (www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds)

This part of the new RDPE scheme is being managed by the Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) which have been allocated  £177 million of funding. A map of the 39 LEP’s is attached (of which 37 have funding).

The scheme is being introduced in stages across England and Wales and at different levels.  The overall aim is to support strategic areas in the rural economy.

  • •Building knowledge and skills in rural areas – (Access to employment)
  • •Funding and developing micro, small and medium sized businesses – (Business support)
  • •Small scale renewable investments - (Low Carbon)
  • •Superfast broadband in rural area (ICT)
  • •Supporting tourism in rural areas.

 In terms of business support for micro, small and medium sized businesses the following areas are calling for the first projects to be submitted in outline by the 19th June. 2015. Successful applicants at the outline stage will be invited to apply in detail. It will be a highly competitive scheme.


Map Ref

Max grant available – this round

Potential Grant per applicant

Maximum no. of projects


Priority Sectors

South East


£1 million

£50,000- £155,000





ICT and multi-media

South East Midlands



£35,000 - £155,000


Greater Lincolnshire


£1 million

No max (min of £60,000 per project)


Coventry and Warwickshire



£35,000 - £100,000


Worcestershire (West Midlands)



£35,000 - £100,000


Note: The maximum grant rate per project is likely to be 40% so the minimum sized project would be £87,500 for the regions with the smallest minimum grant available.

The type of project that will be supported is set out in each region’s call for proposals.  Please note these are quite different for each region. Examples below of potential projects are:

  • •Food and drink processing and marketing resulting in non Annex 1 products as an output.
  • •Investments in processing, marketing and development of agricultural products.
  • •Investment in equipment, technologies or processes to develop new or higher quality products.
  • •Farm diversification projects that will create business growth and/or new markets.
  • •Construction of workshops, factories and plants.

The scheme is heavily designed around creating employment. Those projects that are able to demonstrate the highest increase in rural employment will have a greater chance of success.

For an initial discussion on your project please contact Keith Leddington-Hill on 01223 813522; Email Keith@laurencegould.com