Digital Dairy Chain

Further funding opportunities for 2024

“Where can I find out about additional funding opportunities for my dairy business?”

This is a question the Digital Dairy Chain are asked on a weekly basis. To solve this, we have collated a list of current funding opportunities, which may be of interest to you and your organisation.

Please see the table below to view the current list. And don’t forget to look out for our monthly newsletter, which will feature details of more funding and grant opportunities. You can sign up here.

FunderFunding CallEligibilityDeadlineMore Information
Scottish EnterpriseSMART: ScotlandThe SMART: SCOTLAND grant is one of our research and development (R&D) grants that aims to support high-risk, highly ambitious projects. It covers conducting feasibility studies. It’s only available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs)* based in Scotland and supports activities that have a commercial endpoint.Applications welcome all year roundRead more
Innovate UKFarming innovation programme: research starter round 4-expression of interestThis competition is open to single applicants only. To lead a project your organisation must:

• be an active farming, growing or forestry business of based in England

• be able to evidence that you are an established business, including sole traders and partnerships

• not have been awarded Innovate UK funding as a project lead within the last five years before 14 February 2024
14th February 2024, 12pm UK timeRead More
VariousUK Innovation & Science Seed FundTo receive UKI2S funding you must fulfil one of the following:

• Be based at one of our research centres

• Working in a strategic priority area

• Your innovation is based on IP associated with one of our partners
Applications welcome all year roundRead More
Innovate UK EDGEFunded access to Catapults and RTOs to support growth & scaling• Businesses must be a UK-registered, trading company, with up to 500 employees (250 in Northern Ireland)

• The grant funding provided to the business will be under Minimal Financial Assistance or De minimis. The maximum value of ‘Minimal Financial Assistance’ allowed per 3 year rolling period under the ‘UK Subsidy Control Bill’ is £315,000

• The ‘De minimis’ regulation, which has similar characteristics, but a maximum value of €200,000, remains effective for any awards to enterprises governed by the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) or based within the EU.
Applications welcome all year roundRead More
Rural Payments AgencySlurry Infrastructure Grant Round 2England Only

You can apply for a grant to improve or expand your slurry storage capacity and to cover your stores.

You must use the grant to reach the grant storage requirements:

• 6 months for beef and dairy
• 8 months for pigs
Stage 1: 17th January 2024

Stage 2: 30th September 2024

Stage 3: 27th June 2025
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Scottish GovernmentNext generation practical trainingThe Next Generation Practical Training Fund offers financial support to those resident in Scotland who are:

• Newcomers into the agricultural sector

• Those who would have been unable to undertake training without financial support

• Those who would have been unable to undertake a (possibly additional) formal qualification. There is no age limit for applicants to the Next Generation Training Fund as agriculture attracts both mature new entrants and school leavers.


OngoingRead More
Scottish GovernmentThe Women in Agriculture Practical Training FundThe Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund offers financial support to women and girls aged thirteen and older who are resident in Scotland and:

• Are newcomers who wish to pursue a career within the agricultural sector

• Who would have been unable to undertake training without financial support

• Who would have been unable to undertake a (possibly additional) formal qualification. There is no age limit for applicants as agriculture attracts both mature new entrants and school leavers.
OngoingRead More
Innovate UKGrowing Kent & Medway: prototyping and demonstrator fundThis competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project your organisation must:

• Be a UK registered business

• Carry out at least 60% of your project activity in the Kent and Medway area

You must involve at least one partner from the Kent and Medway area.
24th January 2024, 11amRead More
DEFRAFarming and Countryside Programme: Tests and TrialsTests and Trials provide evidence to help shape the development and delivery the environmental land management schemes and others that are part of the Farming and Countryside Programme. They are aimed at conducting research to contribute to our understanding of how parts of environmental land management schemes (Sustainable Farming Incentive, Countryside Stewardship and Landscape Recovery) work in a real-life environment. We are using Tests and Trials to support the delivery of the schemes by working with farmers to identify issues and develop solutions. Our work also feeds into wider policy areas.19th January 2024, 11.59pmRead More
DEFRADairy Demonstrator: Systemic Testing of Multiple Carbon Saving Measures in PracticeDefra is seeking to employ a mix of innovations to trial multiple greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation measures at the same time on commercial dairy farms to trial how much we can reduce emissions. Innovative proposals are encouraged and the inclusion of authorised/near-authorised methane suppressing feed products is of particular importance. It is imperative we understand how individual measures can work in concert in real-life UK management systems. This project will provide that system-level assessment in earnest by trialling multiple mitigation measures at the same time. Secondary aims to help net zero commitments include: • Verifying efficacy of measures specific to reducing UK cattle GHG emissions in real life systems to inform delivery mechanisms for policy. • Trialling methane suppressing feed products on-farm to help inform an ambition to mandate these for suitable cattle systems (which could include dairy-beef). • Trialling tests to monitor GHG emissions of individual livestock, possibly by proxy, to determine effective, rapid and affordable on-site testing.25th January 2024Read More