What the scheme for investment aid for the development of the commercial horticulture sector is
The scheme for Investment aid for the development of the commercial horticulture sector gives grants for capital investments in specialised plant and equipment in the horticulture sector.
The scheme's objectives are to:
promote the diversification of on-farm activities
improve the quality of products
allow environmentally friendly practices and improve working conditions
How to qualify
You can apply if you are involved in commercial horticultural production or beekeeping. You must demonstrate you have the necessary skill and competence to run the business. Applicants other than companies or corporate bodies must be over 18 years of age.
Aid for each investment is decided based on the availability of funds and the ongoing priorities for each sector within the industry. The quality and scale of the proposals is considered as well. Non-production investments, which are directly associated with primary production, may also be considered.
The scheme is only open to new investments specifically related to horticulture and the enterprise must be viable on a commercial scale. Each project is assessed on a case-by-case basis, taking the business plan into account.
Rate of payment
Aid is paid at a maximum rate of 40% (or a maximum rate of 50% in the case of young farmers) on the accepted net cost of investments.
The minimum investment considered for grant aid is €10,000 excluding VAT, except in the case of beekeeping where a minimum investment of €2,000 excluding VAT applies.
The upper cumulative limit per applicant for investments under the scheme over the period 2020-2027 is €5 million. In some cases only part of an investment may be approved for aid.
If you have a question about this scheme - please contact:
Horticulture Grants Section, Horticulture and Plant Health Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Administration Building, Backweston Campus, Young’s Cross, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, W23 X3PH.