Dairy Fund

The Dairy Fund is now open for applications from eligible projects that will deliver transformational change to multiple English dairy farm businesses.

The Dairy Fund is now open for outline applications, please note that the deadline for submission of completed electronic and signed hardcopy outline applications is 17:00 on the 28 February 2013. Any applications submitted after this deadline may not be accepted.

Grants are available from £25,000 to circa £1million.

Further information on the Dairy Fund and application process is available in the Dairy Fund Handbook and the relevant outline application forms are also available for download:

Projects will be considered that encourage the establishment, development or expansion of co-operation structures and for adding value projects by such structures that will improve the profitability of its farmer members. The central objectives of the cooperation activity must be to strengthen members connection with their market(s), enable dairy farmers to explore and develop new market opportunities and ultimately improve farm profitability and long term sustainability of the dairy sector.

The Dairy Fund application process is competitive and those projects offering the greatest return on grant investment will be more likely to be successful. The application process includes two stages, an outline application stage and a full application stage.

To discuss your project please contact the RDPE Delivery team.

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