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Timeline for the rollout of Defra’s new farm grants

by Jason Beedell 24.08.2021

A complex web of rural grant schemes and services is emerging in England as Defra implements its Agricultural Transition Plan, covering the period from 2021 to 2027 while the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is phased out.

Keeping track of progress on each new support scheme and how they all fit together is not always easy. 

Strutt & Parker has produced a simple chart to help land managers navigate the different options open to them, which provides the latest information on when each scheme is likely to open and how long it will run for.

For example, it shows that grant funding is already available through the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme and the Farming Investment Fund is due to open shortly (autumn 2021).

Meanwhile, Defra is currently in the process of rolling out its pilot for the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) – the first of three different Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes in development.

The SFI scheme is due to launch more widely in 2022.

Download Strutt & Parker’s Summary of the Agricultural Transition Plan.

Contact a member of the rural team for further advice about any of the new rural grant schemes being introduced.

Jason Beedell
Director, Research
Head Office, London
+44 203 7970 598
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