We have now had confirmation that the CS Water Capital grants offered for application in 2021 will increase from a maximum of £10,000 to £20,000. You do not need to apply or be in a stewardship scheme to avail of these grants. Applications are likely to open mid-February 2021, so start thinking about any capital works that you need to do on the farm now. The application process is fairly straight forward, and may include the involvement of your local Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer for certain items, and if you are within a High Priority water quality area (you can check this via the MAGIC maps website (Magic Map Application (defra.gov.uk)). Examples of popular options that have been available over the last few years are:
• Concrete yard renewal, £27.14 per square metre
• Roofing, £62 per square metre
• Livestock and machinery hardcore tracks, £33 per metre
• Livestock troughs, £110 per trough
For the full list and details of all the capital items that have been available previously (and we would expect 2021 to be no different), go to Countryside Stewardship grants – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). For successful applicants in 2021, agreements will start on 1st January 2022 and expire on 31st December 2023.
Start thinking about any capital works you would like to do and contact us now so that we can be ready to submit your application as soon as the application window opens in February.
Contact Sophie at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local FCG Office.