The new round of the grant scheme could help you get equipped with some fantastic equipment!
The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) is a grant scheme set up by the Rural Payments Agency for specific items of equipment and technology for farming, horticultural or forestry businesses in England. Items that have been included in the list aim to help improve:
- farm productivity
- the environment
- animal health and welfare
- management of slurry
The current theme open as part of the grant is the ‘Productivity and Slurry’ theme. The grant is a contribution towards the cost of buying new technology or equipment from an approved list. Online applications are to made through The Productivity and Slurry portal which will be open from 21 February 2023 to midday on 4 April 2023. Successful applicants will have to pay for and install all items before they can claim a grant towards them, and ahead of the claim submission deadline in October.
You can apply for a grant if your business is in England and you’re a:
- forestry owner
- contractor carrying out services to any of the above
Contractors can only apply if they have a registered business address in England. Contractors are defined as a business (including a sole trader) that carries out an agricultural, horticultural or forestry activity as a service.
FETF grants are for a minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £25,000. The amount listed against each item is the actual grant amount that will be paid and is a contribution towards the total cost of the item. Regardless of how much is paid for an item, the applicant will receive the grant amount listed, whether it is less or more than paid.
What this means for our customers!
There are a range of our attachments that are available for grant subsidies. Below is a breakdown from the Annex 3 list of the eligible items and the available grant amount.
FETF14 Tree shears with capacity to fell 300mm diameter tree
Customers can get a whopping £3,219 towards our Grip Cut 300 and 320 tree shears. Ideal for felling, topping and pruning tress these are quickly becoming the ultimate item in a digger owners tool kit.
FETF15 Tree shears with capacity to fell 650mm diameter trees
If you have some more serious trees to fell, £11,000 towards the Trevi WR range may suit you better!
FETF16 Forestry Grab or grapple
For log grabs, this grant offers £1,198 towards any of our log grabs from GMR1300 upwards. This includes both our open-finger and closed-finger grabs.
FETF202P Forestry Mulcher
Robustrack also have a range of NIR analysers that would be funded through our sister company Green Forage. You can find out more here.
FETF29 Real time inline nutrient analysis of slurry
Grant amount £10,803
FETF48 Real time inline forage crop analysis
Grant amount £7,536
Needless to say, this is not an opportunity to miss out on, so submit your applications below ASAP. Then call a member of our sales team on 015242 42414 to arrange the rest!