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.
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.
The Catchment Sensitive Farming Capital Grant Scheme (CGS) is open for applications from 1 February to 31 March 2014. It is important to note however, that with a much reduced budget this year, grants are only available to those holdings where the proposed capital work(s) are located in a CGS target area. Grants are not available across the whole of each priority catchment.
The CGS target areas are set out in the Funding Priority Statement for each catchment. Anyone interested in applying for a grant should contact their local Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer as soon as possible.
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.
If you have any queries, please contact the Capital Grant Scheme Customer Services Team on 0300 0601111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The scheme operates according to the catchment funding priority statements.
Detailed maps for individual catchments can be viewed on the MAGIC website (see the priority catchments page for more information), but please note that some amendments to the CSF area boundaries will not be updated before 12 February 2014.
Farmers and their advisers in the following 14 catchments are asked to contact the Capital Grants Scheme on 0300 060 1111 for a copy of the most up to date maps showing eligible funding areas.
The next update to the MAGIC website is due on 12 February 2014, please check MAGIC for confirmation. If in any doubt regarding the eligibility of your holding prior to the data update, please contact your CSFO or the CGS team on 0300 060 1111.
Catchment Sensitive Farming Customer Services Team
Natural England, Apex Court, City Link, Nottingham NG2 4LA
Tel: 0300 060 1111
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.