The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is the biggest of the European Union’s rural grants and payments to help the farming industry.
Farmers apply once a year - normally in May - and payments begin in December.
Read this collection to find out more about the scheme.
Who’s it for?
Farmers with at least 5 hectares of agricultural land and 5 ‘entitlements’ can apply. Some businesses aren’t allowed to claim if they carry out certain business activities.
Farmers who claimed the old Single Payment Scheme were invited to apply in 2015, but if you’re new to farming you might be able to get it as well. If you’re under 40, you might even be able to get extra money too.
What do I need to do?
There are some rules about what you can and can’t do with your land if you claim BPS.
If you’re an arable farmer you might need to grow 3 different crops and use 5% of your land to do specific things that are good for the environment. Farmers will need to make decisions about what to do with their land so that they can follow the rules.