Schemes & Funding

There are a number of local funding schemes available to support farm businesses:

Drinking Water Protection

Severn Trent’s Environmental Protection Scheme is available in their target areas near the main rivers Lugg, Frome and Wye. To see if your land is eligible and find out what is available click here.

Meadow Restoration & Creation

Herefordshire Meadows can help land managers access funding to create or restore flower rich grassland in the Wye catchment. To find out more about the advice and funding available click here

Natural Flood Management

Herefordshire Council have free farm advice and grant funding available until March 2027 across ten stream catchments in Herefordshire. To see if your land falls within their priority areas click here.

Farm Diversification

Herefordshire Council’s share of the Rural Prosperity Fund will enable businesses to diversify, invest in skills and enhance our tourism offer. To find out about the grant schemes that will be available click here.

Farming in Protected Landscapes

Land managers in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can access funding to deliver a wide range of enhancements on their holding.

There are also national funding schemes that could help your business to deliver environmental outcomes and invest in equipment to improve efficiency:

Sustainable Farming Incentive

SFI pays farmers for actions that support food production and can help improve farm productivity and resilience, while also protecting and improving the environment. There are currently 23 actions available for land managers:

  • Soil health
  • Hedgerows
  • Integrated pest management
  • Nutrient management
  • Farmland wildlife on arable and horticultural land, and improved grassland
  • Buffer strips
  • Low input grassland

DEFRA have produced a complete manual for the scheme and its actions which can be viewed here.

There are also sector leaflets which summarise which options may be of most interest for particular sectors:

Defra SFI Arable Leaflet June 2023

Defra SFI Livestock Leaflet June 2023

Defra SFI Upland Leaflet June 2023


Farming Investment Fund

provides grants to improve productivity and bring environmental benefits. It is made up of 2 separate funds:

England Woodland Creation Grant

Provides funding to create new woodland on areas that are at least 1 hectare. You can apply for EWCO at any time of the year until the scheme closes. There are also other grants available for woodland creation, maintenance, management and tree health.

    Animal Health & Welfare Pathway

    Farmers who keep cattle, sheep or pigs can get funding to pay for a vet or vet-lead team to visit their farm and carry out an annual health and welfare review.

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