Schemes Overview

Farmers can apply for a number of Farm Schemes and Direct Payments, funded through EU CAP funding and/or National Exchequer funding.

CAP Payments – Pillar I

Basic Payment

The BPS replaced the Single Payment System (SPS) in 2015.


All farmers eligible under the Basic Payment Scheme receive a Greening Payment.

Young Farmer

Young Farmers & National Reserve

Additional payments for new & young farmers.

Protein Aid Scheme

A coupled payment is available for growing protein crops.

Rural Development Schemes

GLAS Scheme

The Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) offers payments for applicants who carry out actions to enhance the rural environment.

Areas of Natural Constraint (ANCs)

The ‘Areas of Natural Constraint’ (ANC) Scheme provides a payment for eligible land in disadvantaged areas.

Sheep Welfare Scheme

The €25m Sheep Welfare Scheme provides a €10 per ewe payment to sheep farmers for welfare measures.


Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP)

The Beef Data and Genomics Programme provides financial support to suckler beef farmers.


The Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) offers grant aid for certain on-farm capital investments.

Targeted agri-environment schemes

Targeted Agri-Environment Schemes

Targeted Agri-Environment Schemes apply in specific areas to support locally-led programmes.

Organic Farming Scheme

The Organic Farming Scheme incentivises the production of organic food to meet market demand