Farming Equipment and Technology Fund 2024 offer – key details

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This NFU guide to the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund 2024 offer focuses on the key deadlines, eligibility information and how to apply. This page will be updated as we move through the available opportunities. 

There are three separate grant themes to apply for individually covering improving productivity, managing slurry and improving animal health and welfare.

There is also an increased overall budget for productivity of £70 million as well as £10.5 million for slurry and around £20 million for the animal health and welfare grant theme.

Who is eligible?

The FETF (Farming Equipment and Technology Fund) 2024 offer is open to farmers, horticulturists, contractors, and foresters in England and split across three themes:

Grant information – core features

Basis of funding – This grant offers funding to contribute to a specific list of equipment to increase productivity, boost environmental sustainability, better manage slurry and improve animal health and welfare.

Competitive grants – The FETF 24 grant is competitive and you may not get a grant after applying for one. The success of an application(s) is dependent on the number and value of applications the RPA receive for each theme of the grant during each application window.

Each item is scored, and the average score per application will be set against all the applications and the budget available to determine the threshold score and who is and isn’t successful.

Grant contributions – Grant contributions of 50% or 60% towards eligible items for successful applications are paid against either the average cost of the item listed, or the actual cost paid if an item costs less than this average.

Three funding themes and applications in one grant – Each of the following themes of this grant has a separate list of eligible items you can apply for funding for. The grant budget is split evenly across these themes.

You can only accept one grant funding agreement for each grant in 2024. If one is accepted you cannot apply again for the same grant theme in 2024. For example, if your applicating during the first application window has been accepted, you cannot apply for later application windows.

If your application falls below the scoring threshold and is unsuccessful for an application window, the RPA will reject it, but you would be able to apply again in a future application window.

There are separate application windows for the following themes:

Improving productivity

Grants for items under the improving productivity list are available for the following categories:

  • Arable
  • Forestry
  • General
  • Horticulture
  • Livestock
  • Resource and energy management
  • Water and irrigation management

The productivity offering contains 85 items, covering a variety of sectors and aims to improve your business productivity.

There are 24 new productivity items in the 2024 offer.

Each item is scored individually; for example a direct drill (FETF45) of 6m is scored at 67 out of 100, while farmyard cameras (FETF219) have a score of 31 out of 100. Alongside this score is a percentage, usually between 50-60%, which is the proportion of grant funding available to that item.

For both the items in this example, they will be paid at a 50% rate, meaning the remaining 50% will need to be funded independently.

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Slurry management

Grants for items on the slurry management list are available to farmers or contractors in the following sectors:

  • Slurry collection and storage
  • Slurry testing
  • Slurry application

There is a widened specification for slurry separators included in the 2024 offer.

Items under the slurry management theme are scored out of 100 and will be funded at a 60% rate. For example, a mobile slurry separator (FETF501) is scored at 65 out of 100 and is new for 2024.

Another option is the real time inline nutrient analysis of slurry (FETF29) which has a score of 78 out of 100. An application for these two items would score 71 out of 100 as an application.

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Animal health and welfare

Grants for items on the animal health and welfare list are available to farmers or contractors in the following sectors:

  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Cattle

The calculations for animal health and welfare items work slightly differently compared to the two other themes. This theme works by dividing the beneficial score of the chosen items, by their cost to calculate the value for money of an individual agreement.

For example, a mobile sheep handling system (FETF69) has a score of 2,030 and a grant contribution of £4,881. Giving this item a score of 0.42.

By comparison, an EID panel reader for sheep (FETF74) has a score of 1,910 and a grant contribution of £793 giving it a score of 2.4. As with both other themes, it will be important to consider the available equipment and ensure the options are suited to the needs of your farm and contribute to the grant aims.

For animal health and welfare items, the RPA and Defra recommend seeking the advice of a vet. This can now be used to increase the strength of your application, meaning you have a higher chance of success.

The RPA will need the vet’s details, the date of the discussion and permission to contact them when you apply.

The advice must relate to your application and be received after 1 January 2024, but before 1 January 2025. You can receive this advice in several ways, including by phone, email, or as part of a vet visit.

This will increase your application’s value by 20%.

Key deadlines


  • The first application window for productivity and slurry items has now closed.
  • The first application window for animal health and welfare has now closed.

Unlike in previous rounds, the FETF 2024 offer will be across up to three application windows throughout 2024.

The budget will be equally split between the opportunities to apply. If an application falls below the threshold in one round, it will not prevent you from applying again for the subsequent round. If you are successful, however, you will not be able to apply for the same grant a second time.

A grant application cannot be changed after it has been submitted. If you need to withdraw an application you will not be able to submit another until the next application window opens.

When the application window is open, there will also be a new Farming Investment Fund application service to make it easier to apply for FETF grants. You will need to register for the service to apply.

Acceptance of GFA (Grant Funding Agreement) Offer – window 1

If you have been successful, you should use the Farming Investment Fund service to accept your GFA by 8 July 2024. Please note the current information around what happens if you accept the GFA for an application made for window 1.

Claim deadline – window 1

For those who have been successful, you must claim your FETF 2024 grant payment by midday 10 January 2025.

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How much money is available under the grant?

The FETF 2024 grants are for a minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of between £25,000 for the animal health and welfare theme and £50,000 for the productivity and slurry themes. If you want to apply for a grant over £25,000 you will need to provide further information to the RPA.

If you were successful and received funding in FETF 2023 you can still apply for FETF 2024. The minimum and maximum grant levels apply to 2024 only.

You can apply to any theme or all three, for any of the eligible items that best suit your business.

Where a claim for an individual grant is more than £25,000, the RPA will ask for additional information to support your application. These can include either:

  • financial accounts for the most recent 3 years of trading   

  • latest tax returns, management accounts or a statement of income and expenses from an accountant (if you are a new business or self-employed) .

The RPA will also need proof of your ability to match funding to cover the balance of the item costs for the grant.

The RPA will assess the following:

  • the current financial viability of your business
  • how you will fund the items until the grant is claimed

It is worth noting that, in acknowledgement of possible supply issues, you may be able to reserve an item for a refundable deposit as part of the grant. This is subject to additional specific requirements. Failure to meet these will result in your claim being rejected.

The deposit must be:

  • For no more than 50% of the items’ cost.
  • It must be clearly marked by your supplier on your invoices to show that a refundable deposit was used to purchase the item.
  • The deposit must not have been put down before 20 February 2024.


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Eligible items

There are 232 eligible items of equipment available under FETF 2024 split across:

  • 17 items of slurry equipment
  • 85 items of equipment for improving productivity
  • 130 items to promote animal health and welfare

Items must be paid for in full before a claim can be made. All grant purchases must be through a supplier of manufacturer; these cannot be linked to the your business, and they cannot be home built equipment.

Grants are awarded through the FETF based on the overall score of your application per grant.

These scores can be found on the individual annexes for each theme below:

As with previous schemes, where a theme is oversubscribed, the RPA will allocate funding to those items (or the average for a combination of items) applied for with the highest score first.

This information was requested after the over-subscription for round 1 to help farmers understand why they were unsuccessful.

For FETF 2024, there will be three application windows, so for those who are unsuccessful during the first window, there will be two further windows in which to try again for a successful application.

Which items are not eligible?

If the equipment you want is not listed, or does not meet the minimum specification, it is not eligible for this grant.

Only brand-new items can be funded through the FETF. Ex-demo, second hand and ‘try before you buy’ items are not eligible for this grant. Part exchange, hire purchase or lease items will also not be available under this grant. 

It is important to read the FETF 24 specifications carefully, as some may have changed since FETF 23 as the entire grant offering has been reviewed. 

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Successful applications

If you have accepted one or more GFAs under the FETF 2024, the RPA has provided detailed guidance on how to make a successful claim: GOV.UK | Claim your Farming Equipment and Technology Fund 2024 grant payment.

While the deadline to claim the grant contribution is midday 10 January 2025, you should aim to submit the required information as soon as you can.

Remember, you will need to submit a separate claim using the claim form included in each GFA, after you’ve paid for and received the items in your GFA.

All the items in your GFA should be included in your claim. You can only submit one claim per grant. The RPA will pay each grant in separate payments.

The RPA will only pay for:

  • eligible items in your GFA, which may not be all the items included in your application,
  • items that you’ve bought after you receive your GFA (unless you’re using a refundable deposit).

Changing your GFA

If you want to change an item in your GFA before you submit your claim, for example to a similar item or higher specification, you must contact the RPA.

The RPA cannot consider requests to add additional items.

If an item is not available

If you want to change or remove an item because it’s not available, your application must still be within the minimum and maximum grant values set out above and the revised total score must still be more than the minimum threshold.

Email [email protected] before the claim deadline and include:

  • the make, model and quantity of each item, and
  • email evidence to show which suppliers you’ve tried to source the item from.

How to claim

Follow the steps below set out by the RPA to help you submit your claim for payment. The RPA will confirm how long you have to buy your items and submit your claim in your GFA.

  1. Pay for the items in full – contact the RPA if you cannot buy an item that’s in your GFA.
  2. Keep all invoices and bank statements for the items you buy.
  3. When you receive the items, complete the claim form in your GFA and email it to [email protected] by midday 10 January 2025. Send supporting evidence with your form (you must submit a separate claim and evidence for each grant you’re applying for).

You’ll receive an email confirmation that your claim has been submitted. If you do not receive an email acknowledging receipt of your claim, contact the RPA for help.

Submit evidence with your claim

Submit the following evidence to [email protected] with a completed claim form for each grant you’ve applied for:

  • Copies of invoices for items you buy.
  • Copies of your business bank, building society or business credit card statements which shows the items have been paid in full.
  • Photographic evidence of each item.

The RPA may reject all or part of your claim if you do not submit the correct evidence.

The RPA cannot accept evidence sent using secure data transfer sites on the internet (for example OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive or Apple iCloud).

The guidance sets out in detail what must be contained on the invoice; payment evidence is needed (and what is not acceptable, such as cash or your personal account / lease or hire purchase or part exchange), and the quality of photographic images expected.

Withdraw a claim

You can withdraw your claim at any time. If you want to withdraw your claim, email [email protected] as soon as possible with your reasons. Include your FETF reference number. Your GFA will be withdrawn.

When you’ll be paid

The RPA will aim to pay your claim within 30 working days of receiving it or within the published timescales for the claim submission window, this may be the case where a large proportion of claims are made close to the claim deadline.

Payments are made to the bank or building society account attached to your business’ main SBI (Single Business Identifier) number in the Rural Payments service. The RPA will send you a remittance advice when you’ve been paid.

After you’ve been paid

The RPA may recover some, or all of your payment if you do not meet the following conditions for 5 years from the date your claim was paid.

You must:

  • Keep grant funded items at the location stated in your GFA.
  • Keep items operational and in good repair.
  • Use items for the same purpose as set out in your application.

If there’s a change in circumstances which could affect your rights and obligations under the GFA, you must tell RPA as soon as possible.

You must keep paperwork associated with your GFA for seven years from the date your claim was paid.

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This page was first published on 08 November 2023. It was updated on 28 May 2024.

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