Beginner’s guide to EU funding

Main funding sources

Main funding sources

Common agricultural policy

Direct payments are granted to farmers under certain European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) support schemes. Each EU country establishes the conditions for support in individual operational programmes and is responsible for managing the funds on its own territory.

Funding is also available from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and national/regional and sometimes private sources.

Research and innovation

Farmers may also benefit from support in the H2020 area of food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy. Funding opportunities relating to food and diet are listed on the Participant Portal.

COSME Programme

Farmers can benefit from some actions of the COSME Programme - see the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan for detailed information. The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) manages the programme.

Funding is available under the European Social Fund for improving employment conditions in rural areas.

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