ACRES

Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme

ACRES SCHEME GRANTS INFORMATION

 

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The ACRES scheme, integral to Ireland’s Common Agricultural Policy Strategic Plan (2023-2027), is allocated a budget of €1.5 billion. Its goal is to assist farmers in enhancing biodiversity, climate, air, and water quality on their farms.

Tailored to diverse locations, land types, and environmental priorities, the scheme offers various actions for farmers to select from. Some actions are results-based, meaning farmers receive compensation based on achieved environmental outcomes. Although accessible to all farmers, priority access is granted to those with environmentally significant land.

 

The ACRES scheme has two approaches, 1. ACRES General & 2. ACRES Co-operation

 

ACRES General

ACRES General is available nationally and has three priority tiers:

  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • and Tier 3

Tier 1 Farmers

Have the highest priority and include farmers with land in Natura areas, commonage land, geese and swan areas, breeding wader hotspots, high-status water areas, rare breed farmers, and organic farmers.

 

Tier 2 farmers

Have the second-highest priority and include farmers with land in vulnerable water areas.

Tier 3 farmers

Have the lowest priority and include all other farmers.

ACRES Co-operation

This approach is available in a high-priority geographical area defined by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. It involves groups of farmers working together to deliver environmental benefits at a landscape level.

  • The scheme has a maximum payment of €10,500 per farmer per year.
  • The scheme opened for applications in October 2022
  • The first tranche of contracts started on January 1, 2023

The second tranche of applications is expected to open in the third quarter of 2023.

For more information, visit Scheme’s official website

or read some of the articles below:

When is the Application Deadline for the Acres Scheme?

The 2nd round of ACRES grants will open in the third quarter of 2023 for applications 

ACRES Scheme Tranche 1

Read our earlier (Jan 2023) Article about the Acres Scheme and how it works

To be eligible to participate in Tranche 1, an applicant must:

  • Be aged 18 years or over on date of submission of the application.
  • Be the holder of an active business identity. Herd ‘owner’ status is required. ‘Herd Keeper’ is not acceptable.
  • Have all lands farmed declared in the applicant’s name on the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS).
  • Have submitted a valid BPS 2021 application.
  • All lands brought into the scheme must be declared in the applicant’s 2022 BPS and declared on the applicant’s Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) scheme application for all subsequent years of participation.

 

If you are participating in other environmental schemes, you may apply for ACRES, but if approved you may have payments adjusted in either scheme to ensure no double funding takes place.

Please contact us if you have any doubts about the compatibility of any scheme and we will happily advise you of your eligibility.

The eligibility requirements for Tranche 2 will be made available in advance of its opening for applications.

ACRES Grant Rates of payment

  • ACRES General offers a maximum of €7,311 a year. The level of payment a farmer may achieve will be determined by the payment rates for the actions selected and undertaken satisfactorily.
  • Co-operation offers a maximum of €10,500 a year with a maximum results-based payment of €7,000 with an extra non-productive investment and landscape maximum of €3,500. The level of payment will be determined by results-based scorecards, non-productive investments, and landscape actions, which will be designed for land-types and region.

Table 1: Payments per measure

ACRES MeasureFarmer Payment (maximum)
General Measure€7,311
Cooperation Measure€10,500 (including €3,500 for NPIs and Landscape Actions)