ACRES is jointly funded by the European Union and the national exchequer.
There are two approaches within the Scheme:
ACRES General, available nationally (outside of the high priority geographical area as defined for the ACRES Co-operation approach below), which offers a range of measures (both prescription and result-based); and
ACRES Co-operation, available to farmers in defined high priority geographical areas. Map in Annex 1 of the ACRES Terms and Conditions shows the 8 ACRES Co-operation Project (‘CP’) zones.
A farmer may only enter a contract for one of the approaches and may not participate in both ACRES General and ACRES Co-operation.
An ACRES application must be submitted, on behalf of the farmer, by an approved ACRES advisor.
To submit an application on behalf of their farmer clients, an approved ACRES advisor must, for each of their clients:
- Submit an Expression of Interest/Access Agreement;
- Prepare and submit a Farm Sustainability Plan (FSP) on the Department’s Generic Land Management (GLAM) system, and
- Complete and submit the application to include relevant uploads.
ACRES opened for applications online on Monday, October 17, 2022, and is accessible by approved ACRES advisors via their Agfood account.
Support material for the preparation of ACRES applications including Scheme Specifications, finalised Terms & Conditions, GLAM user manual, AgriSnap guide and video guides on both creating the FSP and submitting the application are available at gov.ie/ACRES.
The Terms and Conditions of ACRES, along with the specifications for ACRES General, are published on the Department’s website at gov.ie/ACRES. Meanwhile, the ACRES Co-operation Project Teams are currently finalising their Local Actions Plans and engaging with farmers.
The Department has delivered a range of webinars to farmers and advisors, which are also available on the website.
Video guides may be accessed directly at: