The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) is a funding mechanism under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The rural development regulation aims to set clearly defined common priorities for rural development at the EU level.

Duration Amount
2014-2020 €84.936 billion
  • 85% of the eligible public expenditure in the less developed regions, the outermost regions and the smaller Aegean islands;
  • 50% of the eligible public expenditure in the other regions.
Type Application Deadline
Grants No Deadline
Who can apply? Countries
Local and Regional authorities, Agencies, Associations Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Funding Level

The minimum EAFRD contribution rate shall be 20%.


The objective of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development is to contribute to the competitiveness of agriculture, the sustainable management of natural resources and climate action, as well as to the balanced territorial development of rural areas.


One of the priorities of the EAFRD for 2014-2020 is the promotion of resource efficiency and support of the shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient economy in agriculture, food and forestry sectors.

Within this priority, the EAFRD will cover basic services and village renewal in rural areas including:

  • Investments in the creation, improvement or expansion of all types of small scale infrastructure, including investments in renewable energy;
  • Studies and investments related to maintenance, restoration and upgrading of the cultural and natural heritage of villages and rural landscapes, including related socio-economic aspects;
  • Investments targeting the relocation of activities and conversion of buildings or other facilities located close to rural settlements, with a view to improving the quality of life or increasing the environmental performance of the settlement.

Regarding the rural development programmes related to investments in renewable energy, clear criteria ensuring complementarity with support under other Union instruments will be provided.

The EAFRD will also cover investments in physical assets which concern infrastructure related to the development and adaptation of agriculture, including access to farm and forest land, land consolidation and improvement, energy supply and, water management.

National Contact Points
Austria : Oerok
Belgium : VlaamsEuropees VerbindingsAgentschap, Enterprise Europe Wallonie
Bulgaria : EU Structural Funs: Single Inforamtion Web Portal
Cyprus : Διαρθρωτικά Ταμεία
Czech Republic : Ministerstvo Pro Mistni Rozvoj CR
Denmark : Regional Udvikling
Estonia : Euroopa Liidu Struktuuritoetus / Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Estonia
Finland : Rakennerahstot
France : Europe en France, the portal of European Funds in France
Germany : Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
Greece : ESPA
Hungary : Nemzeti Fejlesztesi Ugynokseg
Ireland : EU Structural Funds Division, Department of Finance
Italy : Fondi Strutturali
Latvia : ES - Fondi
Lithuania : Kuriame Lietuvos Ateiti
Luxembourg : Europaforum
Malta : Malta Regional Development and Dialogue Foundation
Netherlands : Ministerie van Economische Zaken
Poland : Centralny Punkt Informacyjny Funduszy Europejskich
Portugal : Quadro de Referencia Estrategico Nacional
Romania : Fonduri Structurale
Slovakia : Agentúra Ministerstva školstva, vedy, výskumu a športu SR
Spain : Evropski slad za regionalni razvoj / Ministrstvo za gospodarski razvoj in tehnologijo
Sweden : Tillväxtverket
United Kingdom : Department For Business Innovation and Skills
Croatia : Ministarstvo regionalnoga razvoja i fondova Europske unije
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