Farmer Innovation Grants - application window now openWednesday 09 December 2015
The third year of Farmer Innovation Grant (FIG) applications is now open to all English beef or sheep farmers.
The funding is available to support groups of innovative farmers (minimum of 3) wanting to adopt and evaluate an element of best practice on their farms or try out a new piece of technology. There should be at least three farmers in a group. Groups may be supported by a supply chain, veterinary practice, consultant or breed society.
The funding is made over a one-year period and will 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. This could include example data collection and analysis, or advice on the best approach to address an issue on their farms.
A budget for expected expenditure is required with an application. Funding for novel equipment is limited to £1,000 per project and at the discretion of AHDB Beef & Lamb.
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.
One of the conditions of the funding is that an interim progress and a final report will be provided to AHDB Beef & Lamb to allow the lessons learnt to be communicated to other levy payers. A farm walk or event may also be requested to demonstrate the outcomes to other farmers.
The closing date for applications is 7 February 2016.