Natural England - Capital Grant Scheme

Capital Grant Scheme

The Catchment Sensitive Farming Capital Grant Scheme has been offered to land managers in priority catchments in England since 2007 to support the improvement or installation of facilities that would benefit water quality by reducing diffuse pollution from agriculture.

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The scheme is part of the Catchment Sensitive Farming project which provides advice to farmers to help them implement changes in farming that reduce the risk of water pollution, and reduce the risk of regulation being applied to farming to achieve required water quality standards.

Scheme administration is handled by Natural England and funding will continue to be drawn from Defra’s Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). Inspections are carried out by the Rural Payment Agency (RPA) on behalf of Natural England.

Important update

The 2014-15 scheme has now closed for new applications (the last day for applications was 31 March 2014).

Please note: the Capital Grant Scheme is competitive and therefore submission of an application does not guarantee approval. If the scheme is oversubscribed, grants will be allocated to those applications which best meet the scheme’s priorities and will deliver the greatest environmental benefit.

The revised claim deadline will be brought forward by one month to 31 January 2015. This change is being made to comply with the requirements of the European Commission and the new Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).
If you have been successful in securing a grant, this means that you will need to complete your work in full and submit your claim with your receipted Invoices and any ‘after work has been completed’ photographs for yard works CSF014, or roofing work CSF022d, CSF023 and CSF026 by this new deadline date.

If you were offered a conditional agreement, you will still need to supply us with a copy of the final clearance letter by 7 March 2015. 

It will not be possible to offer any claim extensions beyond the new claim deadline 31 January 2015, so please consider starting your work and submitting your claim as soon as  possible.

If you have any queries, please contact the Capital Grant Scheme Customer Services Team on 0300 0601111 or email

Key publications and documents 2014/15

The scheme operates according to the catchment funding priority statements.

Key dates, information and changes for 2014/15

  • £7.5 million is currently committed for the Capital Grant Scheme in 2014/15.
  • The application window is open from 1 February to 31 March 2014.
  • The revised claim deadline will be brought forward by one month to 31 January 2015. This change is being made to comply with the requirements of the European Commission and the new Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).
  • The scheme is available in 77 catchments throughout England. Find out if you are in a priority catchment and target area.
  • The maximum available grant per holding is £10,000.
  • We will pay for capital items on the basis of 50% of the actual cost of agreed capital works up to the maximum guide price shown in the handbook. Work will still need to be completed and paid for in full before a claim can be submitted. Claims must be fully supported by receipted itemised invoices or documentary proof of value. There is no requirement to obtain quotes before submitting an application for grant.
  • The Farmer Handbook (CSF 3)external link covers updated scheme rules.
  • The scheme is competitive and not all good quality applications will receive an offer of funding.
  • For further information, please contact your local Catchment Officer: (191kb)pdf document or Catchment Partner.

Detailed maps for individual catchments can be viewed on the MAGIC website (see the priority catchments page for more information).

If in any doubt regarding the eligibility of your holding, please contact your CSFO or the CGS team on 0300 060 1111.

Further information can be obtained from:

Catchment Sensitive Farming Customer Services Team
Natural England, Apex Court, City Link, Nottingham NG2 4LA
Tel: 0300 060 1111

Key facts and figures

The single biggest threat of diffuse water pollution is from agriculture. This is unsurprising, as agriculture covers 70 per cent of the land area of England and sources of diffuse pollution, including nutrients from fertilisers and manure, are essential parts of farming. Increases in nutrient levels can result in toxic algal blooms, resulting in adverse impacts on the food chain which supports fish, animals and birds.

Farming is not the sole cause of diffuse water pollution, but it does contribute approximately 60 per cent of nitrates, 25 per cent of phosphorus and 70 per cent of sediments entering our waters, amongst other pollutants.

  • What is a Priority Catchment?

    Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) offers free, practical advice and training to farmers and land managers on how to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture (DWPA), across 80 Priority Catchments in England.