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Severn Trent's Environmental Protection Scheme

Helping Farms across the region protect their local environment, local water courses and improve farm infrastructure and river health

Familiar to many farms, land agents and estate owners across our region, STEPS is part of our Farming 4 Water catchment management programme.

New for 2022

We have some great new packages of priority items including up to £30,000 for pesticide washdown areas and free rainwater harvesting, soil testing for cover crop applicants in groundwater catchments and up to 75% funding for fencing in our crypto catchments.

  • We have increased our grant rates for many of our items.
  • There are still a great range of options to choose from, all aimed at protecting the environment and water quality.
  • Within your catchment you will still find specific priority items - items that once implemented will make a fundamental difference to the health of the surrounding water environment.
  • Once you make an application, we will endeavour to confirm if your application has been successful

Eligibility for STEPS

You can apply for our main STEPS options all year round. Applications close on 31 January 2023.

To be eligible for support from STEPS, you must:

We’ll match-fund up to £10,000 per application.

If you have any questions about your eligibility or your catchment area, you should contact your local agricultural advisor who will be able to advise you.


STEPS terms and conditions

If you are hoping to apply for the STEPS programme, please download and read the full STEPS terms and conditions found in our handbook [PDF].


Tell us about your idea

If you’ve got a great idea then get in touch with our team, who can give you support and guidance to help you apply and get started. 

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

How to apply for STEPS and Spring STEPS

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

We advise you to read the relevant handbook before you apply. This will improve the chances of you making a successful application.

Working with your local Agricultural Advisor will also help improve the likelihood of your application being successful, as a collaborative approach provides the opportunity to get your application right first time and to meet mutually beneficial outcomes.


When you'll hear about your application

If you've applied for funding from STEPS, we'll let you know if you've been successful within 5 weeks of the application date.

Work must be completed within 12 months of issuing an agreement to you.

If you've applied for funding from Spring STEPS, we'll let you know if you've been successful within 6 weeks of the closing date of Sunday 18 April.

Work must be completed by Tuesday 1 March 2022.

Dry weather advice for livestock farms and farmers in our region

May 2020 saw extended dry spells, with swathes of the UK basking in the hottest days of the year to date. 

We have some important advice about planning ahead and what to do in the event of an emergency.