SFI aims to help farmers manage land in a way that improves food production and is more environmentally sustainable.
Farmers will be paid to provide public goods, such as:
In 2022, SFI aims to:
Payments are structured as below:
|Arable & Horticultural Soils||Introductory||£22/ha|
|Improved Grassland Soils||Introductory||£28/ha|
|Additional Payment||£265 per agreement|
There is no application window for this grant. Applications can be made at any time and successful applications last for 3 years, with payments made on a quarterly basis to help with cash flow.
There is no available funding via SFI for capital items however you may use Countryside Stewardship capital grants. Furthermore the SFI can run on land already under BPS, Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship schemes.
We would suggest that you consider which standards of the SFI are most suited to your current land holdings and business.
We can work with you to help you to formulate this plan and to help you to update any land details and applications as required.
We can also advise you on which other existing or forthcoming schemes are possible to apply for, ensuring that you can make the most out of the natural capital under your ownership or management.