From July 2021, Defra will be providing funding to AONBs and National Parks to support farmers, particularly upland farmers (75% of whom live and work in these areas), as part of the Agricultural Transition Plan.

What will be funded?

The funding will be available to farmers and other land managers to make improvements to the natural environment, cultural heritage and public access.

It will help to grow businesses, create green jobs, enhance biodiversity, invest in infrastructure, and attract more diverse visitors to support local economies.

It will also:

  • Fund farm level projects to diversify incomes and prepare for the new environmental land management scheme
  • Support wider infrastructure and projects on farmland to support farmers and rural economies

The fund will be administered through local teams and a grant panel.

Further details will be provided here as and when Defra confirm the grant framework.        For more information contact


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