A new expression of interest window for the Farm Business Grant will open on September 1, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths, announced today (August 19), ahead of a visit to the Pembrokeshire Show.

A budget of £2 million will be available for farmers to invest in new technology and equipment to improve their technical, financial and environmental performance.

The expression of interest window will run from September 1 to October 1, and successful applicants will have four months to purchase and claim for the items supported.

The budget allocated to this round of the Farm Business Grant comes from funds remaining within the Rural Development Programme.

Minister for Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths said:

“This is an important week in the farming calendar, as we are able to come together, in person, at the Pembrokeshire Show.

"While this year’s event is a little different to past shows, I am very pleased it is going ahead.

“Attending the Pembrokeshire is always a special event, but, this year, it is particularly welcome.

I’m also pleased to be able to announce we are opening a window for expressions of interest to the Farm Business Grant. I know this will be welcomed by many.

“I would urge farmers with an interest to start thinking now of the improvements they want to make and how the grant could help them so they are able to put in a strong expression of interest within the timescales and which meets their needs.”