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With water shortages and the cost of mains water increasing year on year, many homeowners and businesses are looking towards the Government for help with funding. The good news is that for systems that fit the criteria there are Rainwater Harvesting Grants and Water Capital Grants available in the UK.

England

Countryside Stewardship Scheme

The government recognises that custodians of the land have an important role to play in water management, sustainability and the reduction of widespread water pollution from agriculture. Farmers and land managers are eligible to apply for a grants of under the countryside stewardship scheme where their land and scheme fits the criteria.

RP16: Rainwater Goods

£11.40 per metre can be claimed for the installation of guttering and downpipes on new farm buildings or covered on indoor yards under the Rainwater Goods Grant

New guttering and downpipes (rainwater goods) will prevent the discharge of clean water on to fouled yard areas, which will help reduce risk of water pollution and are obviously the first step to collecting rainwater for underground or above ground rainwater storage.

RP17: Storage tanks underground

£350 per cubic metre can be claimed for the installation of underground rainwater storage tank and pump. 

The aim of the Storage Tanks Underground Grant is to collect and contain rainwater and help to keep clean and dirty water separate. The stored cleaned rainwater can then be used for a number of tasks around the farm such as yard wash down, instead of using potable mains water supplies.

We sell a number of above below ground rainwater filters, submersible pumps and kits that may be suitable for this grant, please check the criteria closely and consult with your local Catchment Sensitive Farming officer.

RP18: Above ground tanks

£100 per cubic metre can be claimed for the installation of above ground rainwater storage tanks.

The aim of the Above Ground Tanks Grant is to collect and contain rainwater and help to keep clean and dirty water separate. The stored cleaned rainwater can then be used for a number of tasks around the farm such as yard wash down, instead of using potable mains water supplies.

We sell a number of above ground tanks and kits that may be suitable for this grant, please check the criteria closely and consult with your local Catchment Sensitive Farming officer.

RP19: First flush rainwater diverters and downpipe filters

£125 per unit can be claimed for the installation of downpipe filters or first flush rainwater diverters to your rainwater storage tank.

The aim of the Rain Water Diverter Grant is divert and filter potentially contaminated roof water to keep leaves, debris and other contaminants out of diverters, clean water drains and water storage tanks. This will help provide clean water that can be used for a number of tasks around the farm such as yard washing, instead of wasting potable water supplies.

We sell a number of above ground tanks and kits that may be suitable for this grant, please check the criteria closely and consult with your local Catchment Sensitive Farming officer.

PA1: Implementation plan

£1,100 can be claimed to fund a water management plan where capital items and land management options are needed to redirect or manage water running across the holding. It needs written permission from Natural England. See more information about the Implementation Plan Grant.

Northern Ireland

For Businesses in Northern Ireland, read more about all of the schemes below on the Invest NI website.

Resource Efficiency Capital Grant

Calls for proposals through to September 2018. Offers capital grants to Invest NI clients of up to 40% (capped at £40,000 per project) towards the cost of equipment that will help businesses achieve financial savings in their use/consumption of water and materials.

Water Efficiency Programme

Invest NI is running a Water Efficiency Programme and is looking for businesses interested in implementing water efficiency measures in order to save water and save money. The aim of the Water Efficiency Programme is to take up to 10 Northern Ireland based businesses through a 10-step process to become more water efficient and save money.

Scotland

Scotish Rural Development Scheme

The Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020 delivers Pillar 2 of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It funds economic, environmental and social measures for the benefit of rural Scotland. Within that scheme there are several Grants that may be relevant to Rainwater Harvesting Systems. Please check with the relevant scheme adviser before relying on any grant to finance purchases.

Small Farms Grant Scheme

These Small Farm Grant Schemes are designed to aid and develop agricultural production on small or recently established agricultural businesses – sustaining the economic basis of farming and helping retain people in rural communities.

Appendix Ai.10 mentions the provision or improvement of amenities, including water supplies.

Appendix A.ii talks about ancillary works such ... rainwater disposal system ...

There are not many guidelines on the Small Farm Grants Scheme in Scotland, so our best advise, if you are interested in installing a Rainwater Harvesting System on your farm in Scotland is to chat to your local adviser to find out what they recommend.

Wales

Glastir Small Grants Scheme - Water

In Wales the Glastir Small Grants Scheme - Water includes provisions for new guttering (910) and downpipes (910). It is open until 2020.