Last chance to apply for 2023 STEPS grants

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01 December 2023
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Growers in catchment area eligible for funding.

SEVERN Trent is issuing a final call for growers' applications to its current round of STEPS (Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme) funding, which closes on December 31st.

Through the scheme, growers in priority catchments can apply for up to £30,000 of match funding to invest in solutions that will reduce water pollution risk and protect the environment, while supporting farm productivity. 

Dr Adam Freer, senior catchment scientist at Severn Trent, says the company has identified three key concerns in its priority catchments and is urging growers to pursue funded options that prevent pesticides, nitrates or cryptosporidium from reaching watercourses.

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“For the first time, growers can apply for Closed Transfer Systems (CTS), which enable fast, clean, and safe chemical transfer to and from sprayers, without the need for a full washdown bay, plus, we’ve maintained our recently introduced packages offering up to £10,000 match funding across the board.”

In catchments where pesticide reduction is a priority, growers can apply for up to £30,000 for washdown and disposal areas. There is also up to 100% funding for watercourse fencing in catchments with cryptosporidium issues.

To find out more about STEPS funding, click here.
 

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