New Fund to help farmers in England manage water resources (application deadline: 23:59 on Sunday 16th June 2024)

Groups of farmers across England will be offered support to work together to store water and protect against the impact of drought through a new fund launched by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) this week.

The £1.6 million Local Water Resources Options Screening Studies fund will be used by farmers to investigate different methods to manage water in their area. Projects could include multi-farm reservoirs, treated waste-water recycling systems, water trading and sharing schemes.

The fund will support around 20 studies and will also investigate water demand and availability in the most water-stressed agricultural areas over the next 25-year period.

Applications are now open, with groups of two or more neighbouring farms eligible to apply.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 16th June 2024.

The full press release is available on the GOV.UK website, while details about how to apply can be found on the Environment Agency website.