LEADER Rural Development Fund
LEADER Rural Development Fund

An investment to support animal health and welfare improvements

Who can apply?

Farmers or groups of farmers

Is there a limit?

There is no maximum grant but the total project pot is limited. The maximum grant rate is 40%.

What is eligible?

Applications for grants could include:

  • Equipment and machinery to improve the efficiency of use in animal feed and other products
  • Improvements to livestock housing to improve animal welfare or energy efficiency
  • Equipment and machinery to improve animal handling

Costs could include:

  • The costs of construction, acquisition (including leasing) or improvements to immovable property
  • The purchase or lease-purchase of new machinery and equipment
  • General costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees (limited to a maximum of 15% of the project's total eligible costs)
  • Intangible investments including acquisition or development of computer software
  • Acquisition of patents, licenses, copyrights and trademarks

Costs which can't be claimed

  • Full details of costs which cannot be claimed can be found in the applicant's handbook

A full list of ineligible costs can be found in the applicant handbook

  • The processing, marketing and / or development of agricultural products

Who can apply?

Farmers, landowners or processing businesses

Is there a limit?

If the project involves processing, the amount of the grant depends on whether the end product is listed as an 'Annex 1' product or not as listed in the Treaty on Functioning of the European Union.  The majority of raw materials must be Annex 1 products.  See the full list of Annex 1 products at:

See the full list of Annex 1 products.

What is eligible?

Applications for grants could include:

  • Investment in equipment, technologies or processes to reduce waste
  • Investments in equipment, technologies or processes to develop new or higher quality products
  • Marketing activity, excluding hard copy material, associated with the above investments
  • Construction / conversion of buildings to be used for processing activities

Costs could include:

  • The costs of construction, acquisition (including leasing) or improvements to immovable property
  • The purchase or lease-purchase of new machinery and equipment
  • General costs such as architect, engineer and consultation fees
  • Intangible investments including acquisition or development of computer software
  • Acquisition of patents, licenses, copyrights and trademarks

A full list of ineligible costs can be found in the applicant handbook on the how to apply page