These grants will support a wide range of farm investments. They are particularly for businesses that want to invest in innovative business practices and new technologies to help them become more sustainable and productive.

There are 3 main types of projects that could be supported:

a)    a project to improve the overall performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding;

b)    an investment to support animal health and welfare improvements; or

c)    the processing, marketing and/or development of agricultural products.

a) A project to improve the overall performance and sustainability of an agricultural holding

Who can apply

  • Farmers
  • Groups of Farmers

Grant limits

The maximum grant rate is capped at 40% of the eligible project costs. The maximum grant that Rural Surrey LEADER LAG will normally offer is £50,000.

What is eligible

Applications for grants could include:

  • equipment and machinery to improve the efficiency of the use of energy, water, fertiliser and other direct inputs (for example precision farming or new technologies);
  • equipment and machinery to reduce impacts on soils (like specialist drills to enable low or zero tillage farming) and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Investments to improve facilities for slurry manure management; and
  • Investments to modernise or mechanise production and increase productivity. Costs could include
  • construction, acquisition or improvement to immovable property;
    • the purchase or hire purchase of new and second hand equipment
  • general costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (limited to 15% of the project’s total eligible costs);
  • intangible investments including acquisition or development of computer software;
  • and acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights and trademarks.

What isn’t covered

 

The following are not eligible:

 

  1. costs for standard agricultural equipment and inputs, like animals and annual crops;
  2. costs of agricultural production rights and payment entitlements;
  3. costs of getting any consents needed, for example planning permission;
    1. costs for anything that’s a standard industry obligation, for example requirements of the Basic Payment Schemehttps://www.gov.uk/government/collections/basic-payment­scheme;
    2. costs that are incurred before the date of the grant funding agreement;
    3. financial charges, such as interest, fines and maintenance;
    4. reclaimable VAT;
    5. any items already subject to EU or national funding;
    6. projects the applicant is required to do to meet a legal or statutory requirement;

 

10. like for like replacements of existing items such as buildings, equipment and machinery;

 

11. costs connected with a leasing contract, such as lessor’s margin, interest refinancing costs, overheads and insurance charges;

 

12. salaries and running costs for commercial business applicants;

 

  1. long term salaries and running costs for community or not for profit projects;

 

Note - Some limited salary costs associated with the development of the project may be eligible but would cease as soon as the project was running. Eligibility of these costs will be considered on a case by case basis and will only be considered where the business need is clearly articulated and directly linked to supporting rural jobs and growth.

 

  1. like for like relocation of the business;

 

Note - if the business needs to relocate in order to expand it can only apply for funding towards the costs of the expansion.

 

  1. own labour;
  2. in-kind contributions;
  3. licence fees, subscriptions and service charges;
  4. standard computer and mobile equipment; and
    1. costs for plant and equipment directly associated with the generation of energy from renewable sources which are supported through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or Feed-In Tariffs (FITs).

b) An investment to support animal health and welfare improvements

Who can apply

  • Farmers
  • Groups of farmers.

Grant limits

The maximum grant rate is capped at 40%. The maximum grant that Rural Surrey LEADER LAG will normally offer is £50,000.

What is eligible

Applications for grants could include:

  • Equipment and machinery to improve the efficiency of use in animal feed and other products;
  • Improvements to livestock housing to improve animal welfare or energy efficiency;
  • Equipment and machinery to improve animal handling above ‘standard equipment’. Costs could include:
    • the costs of construction, acquisition (including leasing) or improvement to immovable property;
    • the purchase or hire purchase of new and second hand machinery and equipment (please see further guidance on hire purchase on page 2 and second-hand equipment on page 26);
    • general costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (limited to a maximum of 15% of the project’s total eligible costs);
    • intangible investments including, acquisition or development of computer software;
    • acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights and trademarks.

What isn’t covered

The list of costs as above.

c) The processing, marketing and/or development of agricultural products

Who can apply These grants are for

  • Farmers
  • Landowners
  • Processing businesses.

Grant limits

The maximum grant that Rural Surrey LEADER LAG will normally offer is £50,000. If the project involves processing, the amount of the grant depends on whether the end product of the processing is listed as an ‘Annex 1’ product or not as listed in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The majority of raw materials must be Annex 1 products. See the list of Annex 1 products at

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:07cc36e9-56a0-4008-ada4- 08d640803855.0005.02/DOC45&format=PDF.

Raw materials
in

Product out

Business size

Amount that can be applied for

 

Annex 1 product

Annex 1 product

Micro and small sized
businesses

+^Cornwall up to 50%.

^All other areas up to 40%.

 

Annex 1 product

Not an Annex 1

Micro and small businesses

+^In Cornwall the maximum grant rate is 45%.

*In all other areas:-

  • Where grant amount is less than €200,000 then max grant rate is 40%.
  • Where grant amount is more than €200,000 then max grant rate is up to 20% in all other areas.
 

product

Medium

*Where grant amount is less than €200,000 then max grant rate is 40%.

Where grant amount is more than €200,000 then max grant rate is:

  • +up to 35% in Cornwall
  • ^up to 10% in all other areas.
 

 

 

Projects located in Cornwall receive a higher grant because the area is classed as a less developed region.

^ The table above sets out the maximum programme aid limits and not necessarily those available in your area. If you are applying for a grant of this type you should contact the LAG in advance to confirm the aid limits for your Area. See Rural Surrey LEADER LAG

 

website.

* De minimis state aid regulations mean that a maximum of €200,000 (currently around £145,000) of Public Funds is available to any one applicant in any rolling period of 3 financial years. If an applicant has had other public funding this may count towards the de minimis aid amount and reduce the amount of money they can apply for from LEADER. Please note that Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside Stewardship payments do NOT count towards the de minimis limit.

What is eligible

Applications for grants could include:

  • investment in equipment, technologies or processes to reduce waste;
    • investment in equipment, technologies or processes to develop new or higher quality products;
    • business start-ups;
    • marketing activity, excluding hard copy material, associated with the above investments;
  • construction or conversion of buildings to be used for processing activities. Costs could include:
    • construction, acquisition (including leasing) and/or improvements to immovable property;
    • the purchase or hire purchase of new and second hand equipment (please see further guidance on hire purchase on page 2 and second-hand equipment on page 26);
    • general costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (restricted to a maximum of 15% of total project costs);
    • intangible investments including, acquisition or development of computer software;
    • acquisition of patents, licences, copyrights, trademarks.

What isn’t covered

The list of costs which can’t be claimed is above