A share of a £30 million fund is now available for farmers and growers to apply for grants to help them to process, diversify and add value to their products.

Yesterday, Monday 23 May, Defra released further details on the Adding Value grant, the third theme within the Farming Transformation Fund (part of the Farming Investment Fund).

The grants awarded through Adding Value will pay for items to enable farmers and growers to add value to eligible agricultural products, after they’ve been harvested or reared. Applications will open in June.

Read more information on the Farming Investment Fund blog post here and the guidance document on GOV.UK here.

Also yesterday, Defra and UKRI opened applications for the second round of the Research Started projectswithin the Industry-led R&D Partnership Fund (part of the Farming Innovation Programme).

This £1million competition aims to provide an entry point for farmers, growers or foresters that have bold, ambitious, early-stage ideas solving major problems that impact their business.

The application window for expressions of interest will close on 6 July 2022. These projects are for farmers and growers based in England.

Read this latest DEFRA blog post for more information on this fund.

Defra policy teams are hosting a webinar on Tuesday 31 May 2022 at 11:00open to everyone, to learn more about the latest innovation and productivity funding opportunities. The teams will be on hand to answer questions. Sign up for the event here.

If you need any help interpreting these (sometimes complicated!) funding opportunities, then please do not hesitate to get in touch at info@i4agri.org