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In November 2018 we published a new version of our handbooks a Guide to STEPS, and STEPS Options 2018/19.   Unfortunately, we’ve made an error in the advertised payment rate in the latest edition of our STEPS guidebook relating to STEPS option number 018, the detail of this error is outlined below:  

STEPS option 018: Riverside Margins in Grass Fields

Two payment rates are specified for this option in the recently published handbook; either £1.50 /metre per year or £2.70/ metre per year.

Due to an oversight when checking the prices, these advertised rates are incorrect and should no longer be used if you’re considering this option in your  STEPS application. The correct payment rate advertised is expected to cover a 5 year agreement period, rather than on an annual basis, over 5 years.

The value of the grant is paid in year one.

The correct payment rates on offer are:

  • STEPS18a  Riverside margins – 15m buffer           £1.50 per metre length of watercourse per 5 years
  • STEPS18b Riverside margins – 30m buffer            £2.70 per metre length of watercourse per 5 years

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience or confusion this has caused.   Your local agricultural advisor can provide you with further clarity and a list of their contact details are on our contact us page.

Our grant programme is part of our ongoing commitment to protect our plant, soil, biodiversity and water environment. At the same time supporting the productive sustainable use of these valuable resources.

STEPS is part of Severn Trent’s Farming 4 Water catchment management programme.   The grant programme provides a wide range of options to farmers for infrastructure investments and land management items. It is a voluntary scheme which is solely funded by Severn Trent and delivered in partnership with local Wildlife Trusts, River Trusts and South Staffordshire Water. Farmers can apply to fund environmental projects on farm, from the pre-defined list of funding options.

These funds have helped with projects ranging from cover crops, to fencing, to pesticide wash-down areas, and biobeds/biofilters.  We also consider items that aren’t listed if they are innovative and support you and the wider goals of the programme. So, if you’ve got a great idea, then you can apply for under innovation – a good place to start is chatting to our team, they can give you support and guidance to help you get started.

We will match-fund up to £5,000 per application. For larger projects, and where possible, we will consider spreading the funding across two application years.

Am I eligible?
  • Read our leaflet (PDF)
  • Do you farm, or have land in a priority catchment in the Severn Trent Region?  View our map to find out.
  • You must have a minimum of 3 hectares of land, and this can be owned or leased.  You must be actively farming your land.
  • To find out more contact your local agricultural advisor 

*Please note that these are the basic requirements, please read our full terms and conditions found in our handbook - A Guide to STEPS 2018/19 (PDF)  

How do I apply?

The grant scheme is a competitive process and all our applications are assessed and reviewed based on the farms individual circumstances and the options you choose to apply for.

We advise you to read the handbook before making an application – this will improve the chances of you making a successful application.  Applicants demonstrating a clear water quality benefit to the issues of concern in that area and who have engaged with our local agricultural advisor are most likely to be successful.   Also working with your local Agricultural Advisor gives your grant application further chances for success.   To find your local Agricultural Advisor click the link here <>.

  • Download our handbook - A Guide to STEPS 2018/19 (PDF)
  • For a full list of options available, benefits and costs, download our brochure (PDF).
  • Click apply now below to apply online. If you need help with your application or access to online services – please speak to your Agricultural Advisor who can help you  
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