Rural Payments


  • RPA Document Submission Table shows the different ways you can submit claims and documents, click here to view.

Grassland derogations for livestock manure in nitrate vulnerable zones

  • You can apply up to 170kg per hectare of nitrogen in livestock manure on your holding in a nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) in each calendar year.
  • Although applications had to be in before 31 December 2020, applications sent between 1 and 31 January 2021 will be considered on a case-by-case basis only.
  • Click here to find out more.

The Property Flood Resilience (PFR) scheme extension

  • DEFRA extends £5,000 grant scheme for flood-hit homes by 9 months
  • The PFR scheme is administered through local authorities. Members of the public should contact their council directly to access eligibility criteria and the application process for individual schemes. For further information, click here.

Be wary of Rural Payment fraudsters –

  • The RPA issued new guidance: “We do not send emails or text messages with links to websites asking you to confirm your personal details or payment information.” – click here for further infromation.
  • HMRC – “Do not open attachments or click any links in an email or text message, as they may contain malicious software or direct you to a bogus website.” click here to find out more.
  • If you suspect an attempted fraud or feel you’ve been the subject of fraud, you can contact: RPA’s Fraud Referral Team on 0800 347 347 or; Action Fraud (the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime) on 0300 123 2040

The Basic Payment Scheme is a safety net for farmers as a supplement to their main farm business income, more information on how to apply for it and what it involves can be accessed here.

Catchment Sensitive Farming – Training, advice and grant support for farmers and land managers to reduce water and air pollution from agriculture, click here.


  • Funding for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to make environmental improvements – Countryside stewardship
  • Responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices – Environmental stewardship

Make or update a rural payments claim, click here.

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