Time is running out for farmers to apply for grants of up to £30,000 that can be put towards measures that reduce water pollution and protect the environment.
Severn Trent is issuing a final call for applications for the latest round of its Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS), in which farmers can apply for match funding grants towards farm improvements that reduce water quality issues while supporting farm productivity.
The window for applications closes on 31 January. The company works closely with farmers to protect water quality at the source, rather than rely on treatment measures later in the process to becoming drinking water.
Dr Alex Cooke, principal catchment scientist at Severn Trent, said: “We know that when we take care of the natural environment, we take care of our water. We want to do right by it so we can all enjoy it for years to come, so we’re delighted that we’re able to offer these grants to be put towards farm improvements that do just that.
“For eligible recipients, funding has doubled from £5,000 up to £10,000 across the board. But in catchments where pesticide reduction is a priority, farmers can now apply for up to £30,000 for washdown and disposal areas.” Dr Cooke added that the match funding is available to all types of farms, for a wide range of infrastructure and land management improvements.
She said: “We’ve seen the grants being put towards cover crops, pesticide biofilters, arable margins and equipment for rainwater harvesting. We hope that this added flexibility will encourage more famers to work in close collaboration with us and apply for grants before the cut-off date of 31 January.” To find out more about STEPS funding, and how to apply, visit: stwater.co.uk/STEPS