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

You will be aware that the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. This means that the UK will not be part of the next Rural Development Programming period (2021-2027).

Projects funded under the NI Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 will continue to receive funding for the lifetime of the project. 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 European Commission has advised that commitments can be made under the 2014 – 2020 RDPs up until 2023 and receive EU funding until 31 December 2023 or until EU funds are exhausted (whichever is earlier).  

The Commission has also issued detailed advice regarding how measures could be used to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 and flexibility around  programme amendments should members wish to avail of these measures.  Scheme Managers are currently considering the guidance and are seeking to be as flexible as possible where Covid-19 has had an impact, in line with Commission advice.

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