Slurry Infrastructure Grants
Details for Year 1 of Defra’s Slurry Infrastructure grant for England have been published and it is good news for those planning to install one of our impermeable covers as a precursor to adopting the entire Bennamann system.
The grant is available to help replace, build additional or expand existing slurry stores to provide 6 months’ storage and you must fit your grant funded store with an impermeable cover, unless you are installing a slurry bag or you treat your slurry through acidification. Specifically, you can use the grant to:
- replace existing stores that are no longer fit for purpose (a store is no longer fit for purpose if it has reached the end of its design life and could be susceptible to leaks or failure).
- add additional storage, if other stores that will stay part of your system meet slurry storage regulations, were built to relevant standards and remain fit for purpose.
- expand an existing store, for example by adding another ring to a suitable steel tank (the existing store must be structurally suitable for expanding and covering and will meet the specification, including current regulations and build standards, when complete).
The impermeable covers can be fixed flexible or floating flexible types and the grant can also fund items necessary for the basic functioning of new or expanded slurry stores, such as reception pits, slurry pumps and agitators.
The minimum grant value is £25,000 and there is a maximum of £250,000 of funding available for each applicant business. They are available to both land owning and tenant farmers where the farming system produces slurry from pigs, beef cattle or dairy cows.
Applications open on December 6th 2022 with an online eligibility check stage, which must be completed and closes on January 31st 2023.
Detailed guidance on the grant from Defra, including how to apply, can be found here.
If you would like to discuss applying for one of these grants to help install a Bennamann slurry store cover, then please do get in touch via the Contact page.