News and blog News stories [14.06.22] RPA Farming Investment Fund: Adding Value and Slurry Infrastructure grants The Farming Investment Fund (FIF) provides grants to improve productivity and bring environmental benefits. FIF is made up of 2 separate funds: Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (for grants between £2,000 and £25,000). Applications for this fund are now closed. Farming Transformation Fund (for grants between £25,000 and £500,000) Farming Transformation Fund (FTF) This fund provides grants towards large capital items to help businesses improve productivity, profitability, and environmental sustainability. There are 4 grants: Adding Value (Currently open for stage 1 applications until 21st July) Slurry Infrastructure (Grant due to open autumn 2022) Water Management (grant online checker closed on 12th January 2022) Improving Farm Productivity (online checker closed on 16th March 2022) Adding Value grant The Adding Value grant is available for growers or producers to add value to eligible agricultural products after they have been harvested or reared. It is competitive, so the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will score your application based on merit. RPA will award a grant to the strongest applications. You can apply for a grant between £25,000 and £300,000. Read the guidance about the Adding Value grant, who can apply and what the grant can pay for before you apply. Guidance for the Adding Value grant for farmers and growers to add value to agricultural products is now available. The grant opened for applications on 9th June 2022 and closes at midnight on 21st July 2022. RPA will assess the information you submit. If your project is suitable, you will be asked to submit a full application. RPA will let you know by email if your application did not score highly enough. Slurry Infrastructure grant The Slurry Infrastructure grant will be available to pig, beef and dairy farmers whose farming systems produce slurry. It will help replace, build new or expand existing slurry stores to provide 6 months storage. You can apply for a grant between £25,000 and £250,000. Read about the Slurry Infrastructure grant, who can apply and what the grant can pay for before the grant is open for applications. Information about the Slurry Infrastructure grant for farmers to help replace, build new or expand existing slurry stores to provide 6 months storage is now available. The grant opens for applications in autumn 2022. If you have any queries, you can email FTF@rpa.gov.uk or call the RPA helpline on 03000 200 301 and select the option for the Farming Transformation Fund.