Sunday, October 22, 2017

Agri-Diversification

Diversification into non-agricultural activities

Eligible Activities:

  • All non-agricultural enterprise activities undertaken by farm families in particular provision of tourism facilities such as walking, bird watching. Angling etc
  • Development of niche tourism and educational services
  • Development of farm shops

Ineligible:

  • Support for agricultural activity
Measure and Sub-measureMenu OptionsRate of Aid
RDP
Maximum Grant
RDP
311 – Diversification into non-agricultural activitiesCapital/Other50%€150,000
A&D Private75%€30,000

Notes:

  • In general an overall ceiling of €150,000 per project will apply but project caps will be strictly limited by available budget.
  • All projects are evaluated on a case by case basis
  • A project is only deemed fundable when it has gone through the application and evaluation procedure and has been issued with an official letter of offer
  • Projects are never funded retrospectively.
  • Other sources of public funding cannot be reckoned as matching funding. Any project which has already been in receipt of such funding is automatically ineligible for RDP support.
  • Formalised Community Groups can apply for a maximum of 75% grant aid
  • Private Promoters can apply for a maximum of 50% grant aid
  • Applications cannot be accepted from projects inside the Borough of Sligo town.
* In exceptional circumstances, and subject to prior written approval by the Department, grant aid up to €200,000 may be awarded.
**  In exceptional circumstances, and subject to prior written approval by the Department, grant aid up to  €500,000 may be awarded to private and non-commercial community projects respectively.