Funding of the NI Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 post EU Exit – Guidance for Beneficiaries

You will be aware that the government has reached an agreement with the EU for an extension to Article 50 until 31 January 2020. During this extension period, the UK will remain an EU member state, with all the rights and obligations that entails.

This means that the UK will continue to participate in all EU programmes, including the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). You should continue to deliver your project under the terms of your existing Letter of Offer and continue to submit claims in the usual way.

The Technical Notice regarding rural development funding issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is accessible via the following link:

This Technical Notice reinforces the ongoing message that, should a Withdrawal Agreement be reached, projects will continue to receive the same level of funding as they would have if the UK had remained a member of the European Union until the end of the 2014-2020 programme period in December 2023.

In the event of a no-deal scenario, the UK Government remains committed to ensuring that there will be no gap in funding and has guaranteed continuation of funding to all Rural Development Programme (RDP) Projects that would have been funded by the EU under the 2014-2020 programme period. This guarantee means that the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) will continue to manage currently approved projects, under the existing rules, after EU Exit until formal programme closure in December 2023. While individual scheme deadlines may vary, all projects must be signed by the end of 2020 to be eligible for spend under the RDP, whether in a deal or no-deal scenario.

For further information on the government’s guarantee for EU-funded programmes please go to:

This guidance will be updated as necessary as negotiations progress.

Back to top