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FUNDING GUIDANCE & OPPORTUNITIES
For New Farmers & GrowERS

Find a guidance booklet on applying for fundraising on the link below.

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Check out our small grants scheme supports farmers, growers, and new entrants in Gloucestershire to pay for crucial equipment, infrastructure and product marketing, or our learning bursary on the link below.

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The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is a part of Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan.

It offers funding to farmers and land managers in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), National Parks and the Broads. It is not an agri-environment scheme. Runs until March 2024, click logo below for more.

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Oxbury New Gen – offering finance and free business consultancy with up to 4 meetings per year with leading farm advisors - exclusively for new entrants to farming.

Oxbury New Gen will not only fund your venture, but it also provides you with the help and backing from both financial and agricultural experts to ensure you get the best chance for success.

Click on the logo below for more.

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The Loans for Enlightened Agriculture Programme (LEAP) supports small-scale agroecological food and farming enterprises with funding and business mentoring, offering a mix of loan and grant.

They work with existing cooperatives and social enterprises which are past the start-up stage, and might be struggling to get to the next stage in their development. They offer:

Affordable loans:

  • Unsecured loans for a 5-year term

  • Loans between £20,000 and £100,000

  • Can be used for capital or revenue costs

The next round of LEAP funding is expected to launch in April 2023, so click on the link below to find out more and register your interest. 

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Open for applications all year round.

 

The Organic Research Centre is managing a programme of small loans, all made out of the Dean Organic Fund. The loans support small scale organic & agroecological farmers, producers and food businesses to finance investments in equipment or stock or other forms of working capital (not land).

These are unsecured loans from £5k - £25k without any interest cost. Click logo for more.

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This government grant provides financial incentives for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to look after and improve the environment. You can apply for Capital Grants, Protection and Infrastructure, Woodland support grants, Implementation Plan (PA1) and Feasibility Study (PA2) grants.

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Get Grants Funding Finder is a free resource for grant fundraisers with information on hundreds of grant funders, including what they fund, how much they give, and how to apply.

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An accelerator programme that invests in inspirational leaders whose businesses are defining our regenerative future. Closed at the moment but worth leaving your details so you're the first to know when it opens again. 

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Resilient Green Spaces are launching an opportunity for people in Wales to apply for up to £100,000 towards the purchase of farmland that will be used for community benefit and to provide new and ongoing opportunities for new entrant agroecological farmers.  

The opportunity will only be open to not-for-profit organisations that are established to deliver public or community benefit, are incorporated and have an asset lock (e.g. a community interest company, charitable company, charitable incorporated organisation or community benefit society).  

The purchase must be completed by 31 May 2023 and purchasers must commit to undertaking a survey of the land before purchase.  

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Closed for applications right now, but keep an eye on this grant by clicking on the logo below. 

This grant scheme is managed by the Cotswolds National Landscape and supported by businesses and individuals who wish to keep the Cotswolds a special place to live, work and visit. They welcome applications that fit one or more of these themes: conservation of habitats and species, heritage and landscape, improving access, education.

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The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) awards scholarship & apprenticeship funding of up to £18,000 to talented & aspiring craftspeople working in a broad range of skills. From farriery, jewellery design, silversmithing, dry stone walling, glassblowing, cheese maturing sculpture and more. 

 

The next application round for the QEST awards scholarship. The next round of funding is open July 2023.

Click on the logo below to go through to their website where you can find out how to apply.

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The Farming Investment Fund is divided into 2 schemes to support growers of agricultural products with the cost of farming equipment and technology to improve business performance, efficiency, profitability, environmental sustainability for 4 areas; Adding Value; Slurry Infrastructure; Water Management; Improving Farm Productivity. Click logo below for more.

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For businesses that are at least 50% owned by agricultural or horticultural producers, the British government's added value grant could be useful to you. Click below for more.

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Flexible, but large-scale funding for organisations aiming for transformative change and long-term impact. Their current aims for funding are: OUR NATURAL WORLDA FAIRER FUTURE, and CREATIVE, CONFIDENT COMMUNITIES. They will only fund organisations with an annual turnover of less than £100,000, with a charitable governance structure or asset-lock. Click logo to find out more.

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