Know How / Payments, schemes and grants

Support payments are a vital income stream for almost every farm business – whether they are delivered through the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) or one of a range of agri-environment schemes.

This page offers the latest news on the main schemes operating across each of the devolved regions and also highlights other opportunities for farmers to access grant funds.

Key areas of focus:

  • Basic Payment Scheme developments
  • Agri-environment grant schemes
  • Grants to support equipment purchases
  • Rural development grant funding
  • Bursaries and scholarships

Case studies

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How agriculture policies affect our Arable Insights farmers

Uncertainty still reigns over Scotland and Northern Ireland’s future agricultural policy, while English farmers are now able to apply for Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) income, albeit having had their Basic…


How environmental rewards have come from a regen approach

The environmental impact of every input and field operation is considered before it becomes part of the regenerative system at Whitbread Farms, near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire. As a result, some…


SFI: Two growers weigh up the pros and cons

Fears about how it would work in practice and doubts about the payment rates on offer saw the Sustainable Farming Incentive get off to a slow start, with just a…


Farmers deterred from tree planting over planning battles

Farmers are withdrawing from woodland projects because of regulatory hurdles and pressure from environmentalists according to Iain Kyle, a farmer and forestry consultant based near Carlisle. He says tree projects…


Environmental schemes: Should farmers make the switch now?

Buying an outlying 40ha block of arable land just as the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) is being introduced gives Salisbury Monitor Farm host Ben Jeans the opportunity to weigh up…


SFI Pilot: Two arable farmers share their experiences to date

The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) pilot is giving farmers an opportunity to help shape the future of farming in England, with participants being able to choose the standards and ambition…

Practical advice

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Delinked payments: Advice on transfers, land sales, and FBTs

Delinked payments will replace Basic Payment Scheme income in England next year. The RPA is gearing up to send out delinked payments information statements to eligible former BPS claimants. These…


New round of Slurry Infrastructure Grant widens options

The second round of Defra’s Slurry Infrastructure Grant will open next month, with more items added to the list of investment eligible for support. The main changes from the first…


What you can do to reduce farm business risk in time of flux

Pressures on farming businesses have been mounting this year as Basic Payment Scheme reductions continue and both market volatility and interest rates remain high. So what can be done to…


How to deliver landscape-scale change through farm clusters

Farmer cluster groups are meeting local environmental priorities both on their own farms and beyond their boundaries. The term “cluster” was adopted, because it describes how members of these groups…


Rural England Prosperity Fund: What is it and how to access it

The government announced the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) in 2022 as a top-up to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). A total of £110m is ringfenced in the REPF…


6 pitfalls to avoid when buying grant-funded gear

Poor rural internet connectivity and a long and exacting series of hoops to jump through can make grant applications for farming equipment a challenging process. The Farming Equipment and Technology…

BPS calculator

BPS online calculator

Direct Payments in England will be phased out from 2021 to 2027 and details of the percentage reductions have now been released by Defra. Download this calculator, provided by Albert Goodman, to see how this affects you.


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Analysis: Time for a closer look as SFI opens for business

With the latest iteration of the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) due to open for applicants on Monday (18 September), a growing number of farmers in England will be asking themselves…


SFI 2023: What's on offer for arable farmers

The full version of the Sustainable Farming Incentive 2023 for England was revealed in June, receiving a mixed reception from growers and advisers alike. With 23 actions and a far…


Environmental Land Management - your questions answered

Earlier this year, after much clamour for more detail about the new post-Brexit policy for English farmers, Defra finally set out its plans for the next stage of its Environmental…


Environmental land use tax consultation a step forwards

A consultation on the tax treatment of long-term land use changes for environmental schemes is a step towards clarifying whether 100% agricultural property relief from inheritance tax should be available…


Will arable farmers opt for Sustainable Farming Incentive?

Finally, there's some clarity about what the Sustainable Farming Incentive will offer, with six new standards on top of the three existing ones, three-year agreements, quarterly payments, and simpler online…


How upland farmers are pooling resources to plug funding gap

As Defra starts to roll out more of its Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, ministers and civil servants have been quick to claim there is plenty in it for upland…


Outlook 2023: Plan for transition amid ELM uncertainty

Much uncertainty remains over life after the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), but farmers should make what plans they can in the interim to minimise the effects of transition on their…


Farmers support environmental measures but wary of SFI

Farmers are enthusiastic about protecting the environment and boosting biodiversity, but remain wary of signing up to the government’s post-Brexit farming schemes, a survey has revealed. Carried out online by…


LFA and 'coupled' supports at risk in Scottish policy plans

Money paid to Scottish farmers in the form of less favoured area (LFA) support and as “coupled” aid to suckler beef and upland sheep producers must be retained as direct…