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Horticulture Start Up Scheme in the UK

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Application Deadline: 06/29/2022
About Opportunity

The Small Grants – Horticulture Start Up scheme is designed to support entry into the horticulture sector in Wales by encouraging the establishment of new commercial horticulture enterprises, either as a diversification within an existing agricultural business, or as stand-alone new enterprises.

Eligibility Requirements

You intend to establish a new commercial horticultural enterprise. Horticultural crops are edible fruit, vegetables ornamental plants and flowers. Horticultural crops do not include tree nurseries.

  • You are registered with RPW On-line.
  • The scheme is open to a wide range of Micro, SME and Large enterprises who intend to establish a new horticultural enterprise, such as:
    • Farm business including sole traders
    • Co-operatives
    • Voluntary sector organisations
    • Private and public limited companies

SMEs consist of 3 sub-categories of enterprises: micro, small and medium;

  • micro enterprises employ less than 10 employees,
  • small enterprises less than 50 employees,
  • medium enterprises less than 250 employees.


The grant available for each applicant is £3,000

Application Procedure

Funding support for farmers, land managers and associated rural sectors over the next 3 years is delivered through a flexible framework of support, with schemes – including the Small Grants – Horticultural Start Up Scheme – delivering towards the following themes:

  • farm scale land management
  • on farm environmental improvements
  • on farm efficiency and diversification
  • landscape scale land management
  • woodland and forestry
  • food and farming supply chains

The Small Grant – Horticulture Start Up is available to individuals or businesses who wish to enter the commercial horticultural sector. The aims of the scheme are to:

  • encourage the establishment of new commercial horticultural enterprises by offering seed funding in the form of a grant.
  • partially mitigate the financial risk of investing in a new enterprise.
    attract more individuals to enter the sector.
  • encourage the use of new and emerging technology within horticultural businesses.
  • create a diversified income stream for existing Welsh farm businesses.
  • establish new rural enterprises, which can create employment, opportunities for growth and sustainable local food production.
  • respond to the Wales Community Food Strategy and encourage the supply of locally sourced food in Wales.

Official Website: Horticulture Start Up Scheme in the UK

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