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We offer a number of grants to help farmers lower their nitrate inputs which not only benefits the groundwater quality, but can also provide economic benefits to farmers. Find out more about the grants we have to offer below.

Grants offered by Portsmouth Water

Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Schemes

Capital Grant

Portsmouth Water is offering payments to farmers and landowners to implement nitrate reduction measures under this scheme. These measures are land management and/or land use changes that reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater and run off to wider water environments.


These measures are predominantly aimed at high priority holdings in Portsmouth Water's 11 Safeguard Zones (SgZs), where the nitrate concentrations at the local public water supply sources are rising and predicted to go above the Drinking Water Standard.

For further information on the measures available click on the handbook below:







Portsmouth Water is offering grants to targeted farms to help reduce the risk of pollutants reaching groundwater. The scheme offers grants towards standardised capital items e.g. sprayer wash down area and non-standardised items such as precision farming equipment. It focuses its funding on reducing nitrate from priority areas. Click below for more details and an application form.

THE CAPITAL GRANT for 2023/24 has been oversubscribed and wont be available. We hope the grant scheme will BE AVAILABLE FROM THE APRIL 2024

Who is eligible?

Portsmouth Water offer grants to farmers located in their high priority zones (see map below). To find out if you're eligible please contact Portsmouth Water at or 023 9224 9248

How to apply

If you would like to apply to the grants that Portsmouth Water offer please fill out the application formed linked above and email it to or send it via post to:

Portsmouth Water Ltd

Catchment and Environment Department

PO Box 8

West Street




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Grants & services offered by Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF)

Capital Grant

Free services & advice

Offers either a number of stand-alone items up to £10,000 or, a much greater number of items and greater funding as part of a Mid or Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship application. These grants are for environmental improvements and much of the Downs & Harbours area is targeted. 

All applications will need the involvement of a Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer (CSFO) in order to qualify. To read more about the Grant Scheme and how to make an application please click on the following button:

CSF can provide a number of free services and specialist advice to farmers and landowners. To reduce the loss of nutrients, pesticides and soils currently entering the water environment. 

Free Services include:

  • Nutrient Management Plans

  • Soil testing

  • Soil Management

  • Infrastructure Audits

  • Pesticide Handling advice visits

For further information on funding support, please see the leaflets below:

To find out if your farm is eligible and how to apply please contact the local CSF officer at:

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Grants offered by Defra

Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI)

The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) is now open for applications via the Rural Payments service.

Through the SFI, farmers will be paid for looking after the natural environment in the course of their farming.

This initial offer will pay farmers for taking care of their soil, with more actions being added as the scheme develops.

The leaflet below provides an overview of eligibility, what you can apply for and how to apply.

Who is eligible?

You can apply for SFI if:

  • You're eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme

  • The land is wholly located in England and eligible for the standard you select

You'll also need to have management control of the land for the 3-year SFI agreement. This will usually be the person actively farming the land who is the owner occupier of tenant. For 'rolling' year-by-year tenancies, you can enter this land into SFI if you expect to have control for the full 3 years.

It's possible to include the same land in SFI and another scheme (such as Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship) if: 

  • You and your land are eligible for each scheme

  • The activities or outcomes you're being paid for under each scheme are compatible

  • You're not being paid for a similar activity or outcome on the same area of land at the same time ("double funding")


Grants offered by Forestry Commission

Planting the right trees in the right places for the right reasons can provide far-reaching benefits for your farm business. With financial incentives available and expert support on hand, woodland creation can help you diversify, generate reliable revenue streams and deliver environmental benefits that support your wider land management goals.

  • Generate income from timber, wood fuel, fruit, nuts and tourism

  • Provide shade and shelter for livestock

  • Reduce soil and nutrient losses

  • Improve water and air quality

  • Store carbon to help combat climate change

  • Create new habitats for wildlife

  • Reduce flood risk

Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG)

England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO)

  • Provides support to produce a UK Forestry Standard compliant woodland creation design plan for proposals of at least 5 ha.

  • Grant starting from £1000 to up to £30,000 per site.

Find out more below:

In addition to covering the standard capital costs of tree planting (up to a cap of £10,200 per ha) and annual maintenance payments of £350 per ha for 10 years, EWCO also offers ‘Additional Contributions’ (per ha) for:

  • Nature recovery: £1,100 to £2,800       

  • Water quality: £400                   

  • Reduced flood risk: £500

  • Riparian buffers: £1,600                         

  • Close to settlements: £500       

  • Public access: £2,200

Find out more below:

Woodland Carbon Code (WCC)

  • Provides a standard way to measure the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) your woodland stores.

Find out more below:

Woodland Carbon Guarantee (WCaG)

  • Provides the option to sell your captured CO2 to the government for a guaranteed price every 5 or 10 years up to 2055/56.

  • Offers an additional long-term income from your woodland.

Find out more below:

To find out more please contact:

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