Soil & Water Management Centre

Developing & improving your soils

Small Innovation Grants 

Farmer Innovation Grant (FIG) FIGs are awarded to English beef and sheep farmers who are interested to test or assess an element of best practice on-farm, or implement a piece of new technology which will help improve returns for their livestock enterprise. 

The funding is made over a one year period and will generally have a ceiling of £5,000. The funding allows groups of farmers to get technical help to set up their project and cover some of the costs associated, for example data collection and analysis, or advice on the best approach to address an issue on their range of farm circumstances. A budget for expected expenditure is required with an application. Funding for novel equipment is limited to £1000 per project and at the discretion of AHDB Beef and Lamb. AHDB will share what has been learned with the wider beef and sheep industry.

Farmer groups will be expected to contribute some of their own money and time to the project which should be shown in the proposal as a farmer contribution.

Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership- There are two main funds that businesses located within Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Rutland, North Hertfordshire, Uttlesford, South Holland, Norfolk or Suffolk can apply for: The first is an Agri-Tech Growth Fund, which provides grants between £10,000 and £150,000 to support product development and improve agricultural productivity. The second is a Research, Development and Prototyping Fund, which helps to support the research and development of new product or processes with grants of between £10,000 and £60,000.

The Henry Plumb Foundation funds young people (18-35) with interests, business ideas, study plans that will lead to a career in the agricultural or food industry. These could take the form of: business start ups, internships, oversea exchanges, courses / events, management courses.

To qualify for Henry Plumb funding you need:

  • A workable idea for a business. From pig rearing and butchery to a social media project.
  • An area of study that will lead to a future career in food or farming. This could be in the UK or abroad.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund [Reopens Feb 2017]

The PCF provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. We have grants of up to £50,000 available for innovative projects to tackle the following key rural issues:

  • To improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses
  • To sustain rural communities and drive economic vibrancy
  • To support aid delivery in emergency and building resilience


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