The second round of the Slurry Infrastructure Grant has been announced, with more than £74 million available to meet the increased demands.
Applications are now open and several improvements to the scheme have been made following farmer feedback, with changes to how much storage pig farms can apply for, grants towards separators, and the option to retrofit covers onto existing stores.
Grants from £25,000 to £250,000 are available to replace, expand and cover stores, as well as fund equipment to improve storage facilities.
Farming Minister Mark Spencer said: “We’re indebted to farmers who work day in day out to ensure we have great British food on our tables while protecting and shaping our countryside.
“It’s vital they are supported to make the environmental improvements I know so many want to make. Our Slurry Infrastructure Grant is helping farmers to invest in infrastructure which is often costly but can deliver big benefits for our waterways and air quality, while also cutting their input costs.”
The grant comes ahead of two further rounds of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund in early 2024 and 2025, offering £21 million for smaller items of equipment to help farmers manage slurry, from nutrient testing kits to low-emission spreaders.