The £25 million Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) is now open. From crushes to solar-powered fence energisers, the CPSG offers a 40% grant a wide range of farming equipment. SWFC’s Anna Heaton takes a look…
Following the launch of the latest round of Defra’s Countryside Productivity Small Grant on 7 October, we’ve received quite a few questions from farmers.
There is no doubt the Countryside Productivity Small Grant (or CPSG) is a great opportunity to purchase a range of equipment that can make a real difference to your farming operations. And there’s a decent grant behind it: 40% of the standard cost for most of England or 50% if you’re in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.
PLEASE NOTE: The CPSG application deadline is 12pm on 4 November 2020
The online application is relatively straightforward and assuming all your paperwork for the claim is correct, previous rounds of this grant have generally paid promptly – the aim is 30 working days from submission of the claim. The application window this year is particularly tight, with a deadline of 12pm on 4 November 2020.
Our clients have used the CPSG grant to purchase a range of fixed and mobile handling systems
What can I apply for?
The list of items is extensive. In the past, our clients have used this grant to purchase fixed and mobile handling systems, different types of cattle crush – with varied add-ons like foot trimming kit – and sward lifters. This time around there also seems to be significant interest in direct drills, like the Aitchinson below. But the grant covers a wide range of items across most enterprises, so do check to see if there is anything of interest. For a full list of eligible items, specifications and standard cost, click here.
Direct drills are eligible under the Countryside Productivity Small Grant — but check the specifications carefully
Just to add that we’d definitely encourage the purchase and use of sward lifters. Anything that helps relieve compaction is a good thing, as we’re seeing a lot of problems on farms across most areas we cover, particularly after the terrible year we’ve had.
CPSG: Things to remember
- If you’ve received a grant under previous rounds of CPSG you may not be eligible for this round – it depends how much you’ve previously received. Get in touch with us if you’re not sure.
- The minimum claim is £3,000. This means the total standard cost of the item or items you apply for under the grant must be at least £7,500 in most of England or £6,000 in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.
- If you are given grant funding you must buy, pay for in full, install and claim for all the items included in the grant no later than 31 March 2021. If you do not buy or have not installed all the items you applied for the entire claim will be rejected.
- Note that this will apply even if the reason you couldn’t get the equipment was beyond your control – for example, the supplier not delivering on time. So it’s always a good idea to chat to suppliers to check that the items you want will definitely be available before putting in your application.
- Note, too, that the requirement to prove you have paid in full for the item(s) means that you cannot buy equipment under a hire purchase or lease purchase!
- You must make sure the equipment you purchase meets the specification described in the CPSG Round 3 Handbook. There are some amendments to the specification of some items since the last round. Most suppliers are aware of the requirements of CPSG but it’s up to you to check/confirm.
Can we help?
As always, if you have any questions or you want advice on applying for the Countryside Productivity Small Grant, please get in touch. If you’re short on time, we can always apply for (and claim) the CPSG on your behalf. Call for a no-obligation chat on 01503 220002 or send us a message on our Contact Page.