Under the National Reserve, applicants who met the criteria of ‘Young Farmer’ or ‘New Entrant’ who had a gross off-farm income of less than €40,000 in either the tax years 2013 or 2014 were eligible for an additional allocation of entitlements on eligible land for which they held no entitlements and/or a top-up to the value of existing entitlements held by them, where those entitlements were below the national average.
The 2015 National Reserve fund was based on a 3% cut to the Basic Payment Scheme financial ceiling and provided top-ups to 6,000 applicants. A final decision on 2016 National Reserve has not yet been made.
To be eligible for the National Reserve you must meet the criteria of ‘Young Farmer’ or ‘New Entrant’ – read full criteria here.
‘Old Young Farmers’ – farmers not covered by the above who first set up from January 1, 2008 and did not qualify for installation aid can also apply for the National Reserve.
In addition a gross off-farm income limit of €40,000 in either the 2013 or 2014 tax year applies.
Successful applicants under the National Reserve will be eligible for an allocation of entitlements on land for which they hold no entitlements and/or a top-up to the value of existing entitlements held by them, where such entitlements have a value below the national average. The allocation of entitlements and the top-up is subject to a maximum of 90 hectares.
Allocation of new entitlements will be on the basis of one entitlement for one hectare of eligible land on the BPS application for which the applicant holds no entitlements.
Successful applicants who already hold existing owned entitlements with a value below the national average value will receive a top-up whereby the value below the national average will qualify for a top-up to the value of these entitlements.
In the case of a registered partnership, entitlements and/or top-ups to the value of entitlements will be allocated to the herd number within the partnership which the qualifying young farmer holds or is involved in, subject to a maximum of 90 for the entire partnership.
The value of entitlements allocated from the National Reserve and the value to which existing entitlements are increased, will be fixed at the national average value of payment entitlements in the year of allocation.
The target date for payments under the National Reserve is December 1st each year. Take a look at the payments calendar for more information.
Applicants under the National Reserve may be subject to inspection in the form of spot checks or administrative checks to prove eligibility. Find full information on inspections here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will entitlements allocated from the National Reserve be valued at?
The value of entitlements allocated from the National Reserve, and the value to which existing entitlements are increased, shall be fixed at the national average value of payment entitlements in the year of allocation.
Do I qualify as a Young Farmer or New Entrant?
Full details of the criteria to qualify as a Young Farmer or New Entrant under the National Reserve can be found here. In addition, you must have a gross off-farm income of less than €40,000 in either the tax year 2013 or 2014.
If I acquire additional land in 2016 can I apply for another allocation of entitlements on this additional land under the National Reserve?
No, an applicant may only receive an allocation from the Basic Payment Scheme National Reserve once. A successful application in 2015 excludes the applicant from consideration in any subsequent year.