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The Processing & Marketing Grant (PMG)

The Processing and Marketing Grant is aimed at developing processing facilities for primary agricultural products in England, for the benefit of processors and the producers of the raw material.

The scheme provides grants for projects which can meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Guide production in line with foreseeable market trends
  • Encourage the development of new outlets for agricultural products
  • Improve or rationalise marketing channels
  • Improve or rationalise processing procedures
  • Improve the presentation and preparation of products
  • Achieve the better use or elimination of by-products or waste
  • Apply new technologies
  • Apply innovation
  • Improve and monitor quality
  • Improve and monitor health conditions
  • Protect the environment.

Grants are awarded towards the construction of new buildings, the refurbishment of old buildings and the purchase of new equipment.

Individuals, groups of primary producers and companies can apply for grants.

PMGs are awarded on a competitive basis i.e. only the best applications receive grants, within the available budget. To be considered for grant, projects must cost at least 70,000. Awards may be for up to 30% of eligible project costs, with a maximum grant of l,200,000 for any one project.

Applications for a Processing and Marketing Grant require careful planning and preparation. A detailed business case must be prepared and submitted, together with relevant supporting documentation. All applications undergo rigorous eligibility and technical assessment.

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