Countryside Productivity Large Grants (Free)

What is the grant available for?

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Under the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme, there are grants for:

  • water resource management and reservoirs
  • improving forestry productivity
  • adding value to Agri-food
  • improving farm productivity

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

You can only apply for one RDPE grant for each individual project. RDPE includes RDPE Growth Programme, LEADER, Countryside Productivity, Farming Recovery Fund, Cumbria Countryside Access Fund and Countryside Stewardship.

Adding Value to Agri-Food

These grants are for processors of primary agricultural or horticultural products. This includes food and drink businesses and farmers (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) in rural or urban areas. These grants are to improve the processing of primary agricultural products to shorten supply chains and deliver benefits to primary producers.

Projects must be for the processing of Annex I (see programme handbook using link below) Agri-food products only, including meat, milk, grain, fruit and vegetables. See examples of the kinds of projects which may be eligible for a grant on page 10.

Grant funding can help pay for:

  • equipment and machinery
  • constructing or improving buildings associated with all aspects of processing

The minimum grant you can apply for is £35,000.

Improving Farm Productivity

These grants are to improve farm productivity through the use of robotic equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production increasing the use of renewable energy produced on farm by improving energy storage and distribution, the use of LED wavelength controlled lighting to aid crop production, more efficient use of livestock slurries and manures, and digestate. Grant funding can help pay for the purchase and installation of equipment and machinery.

The grants are for a minimum of £35,000. Grants can cover up to 40% of the eligible costs of a project. If the minimum grant is £35,000, the minimum total eligible cost of a project would be £87,500.

How to Apply


Contact: Defra Rural Services helpline on 03000 200 301 or email

Contact Information:

RPA helpline

Telephone numbers:
03000 200301