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The on Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund has been developed to help farmers in England get financial support to build small scale AD plants on their farms.


According to WRAPs understanding, the main barriers which are preventing anaerobic digestion (AD) on farms from developing are:

  • Access to finance.
  • Availability of reference sites for technologies and case studies.
  • Demonstration of the benefits of AD.
  • The potential high cost of technology.

In order to address these barriers and also encourage the uptake on small scale on farm AD in the UK, WRAP has developed a programme which will help farmers with finance; it will provide case studies and demonstrate information to provide support for farmers who want to use AD on their farms.

The fund will be available to farms in England, that have access to slurries or manures; and who wish to build AD plants producing up to 250k/W of power.

This scheme is divided into two stages:

First Stage:

The first part is a business plant grant up to £10,000 to investigate the environmental and economic potential of building an AD plant on the farm.

Second Stage:

The second part is a capital loan up to £400,000 (or a maximum of 50% of the project cost). This is available for AD plants producing up to 250kW of power.The funding is available in England only, however if you are a farmer in another nation resources have been produced to help you through the process of feasibility and business planning.

The Grant

WRAP is offering a grant of up to £10,000 per farm to create a business plan that will investigate the potential of developing AD on their farm.

The farm will be required to contract a suitably qualified person to carry out the study and develop the business plan using the templates and guidance provided by WRAP.

The fund has a rolling application process, so submissions are welcomed at any-time. Applications are open to farms in England who have access to manures and slurries and who wish to build AD plants producing up to 250k/W of power.

For further information on Grants, please click here.

The Loan

The On Farm AD Loan Fund offers loans of up to £400,000 or up to 50% of the projects costs for AD plants producing up to 250kW in England.  Loans will be available from early 2014.

Development of a business plan will have to have been undertaken, prior to application for the loan, ideally using the WRAP template (to be released November 2013).  The plan will need to demonstrate that economic and/or environmental benefit can be realised with the addition of an AD plant on the farm.

The fund is available to farms in England with access to manures or slurries, who wish to build AD plants producing up to 250k/W of power.

For further information on Loans, please click here.



The AD Fund