Countryside Stewardship capital grants remain open for applications, and with the removal of the funding limit, enable farmers to undertake larger projects with environmental benefits. In 2023, payment rates for most options were also increased.
Stand-alone applications can be made for items from 4 broad ‘themes’ which include:
- management and maintenance of boundaries including hedgerows, fencing and gates
- works to improve water quality such as concrete renewal on yards, livestock and machinery tracks, roofing over stock yards and manure stores
- items focussed on improving air quality, such as automated scrapers and slurry store covers
- works to improve natural flood management such as leaky dams and sediment ponds.
For items that benefit air and water quality, farmers need to engage with the local Catchment Sensitive Farming team for approval of projects, but eligibility has been opened up to all areas. Get in touch with your ELM Associates adviser to discuss your project.
Projects supported through Countryside Stewardship Capital Grants