Pillar 1

General Overview:

Building on the support for education of young farmers the Complementary Income Support for Young Farmers (CIS-YF) is a financial aid program aimed at individuals under 40 years old, educated in agriculture, and setting up their own farm for the first time or within five years prior to applying.

Details on the scheme:

To qualify, applicants must have completed a recognized agricultural education with an award under the National Framework of Qualifications such as: Certificate in Agriculture (Green Cert). The Young farmers must also submit a valid 2023 Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) Scheme application, and meet age criteria together with farm holding requirements.

They can apply online or, for existing Young Farmer Scheme applicants eligible to switch, indicate intent during the BISS application.

If farming as part of a group, eligibility extends if the individual holds decision-making authority.
Payments are made per eligible hectare, capped at 50 hectares, averaging around €175 per hectare over five years.


Subject to fluctuation based on participation it is expected that payments under this intervention will react 3% (c. €35m) of the direct payments ceiling yearly of the intervention within the CSP 2023-2027.

Applications for CIC-YF are made through the BISS application process and can be completed online at

To read about the terms and conditions, see this link:

New Applicants: Please submit an application online via iNet