Brexit Sustainable Aquaculture Growth Scheme

The purpose of the scheme is to mitigate the adverse economic and social consequences of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union on:

(1) Seafood processors adversely affected by loss of raw material supply arising from the TCA quota reductions,

(2) Aquaculture enterprises directly impacted by the UK withdrawal, and

(3) Coastal communities adversely affected by a broad range of impacts arising from the TCA quota reductions and wider Brexit impacts.

Who is Eligible? Who is Eligible?

This scheme is open to aquaculture producers who have a statutory consent to engage in aquaculture and any necessary consent under the Foreshore Acts, and who are in compliance with the terms and conditions of those consents.

However, applications in respect of sites located in marine Special Areas of Conservation, designated in accordance with the European Union Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC)(as amended), and/or Special Protection Areas, designated in accordance with EU Birds Directive (2009/147/EC), that are awaiting a determination of an aquaculture licence application/renewal made under Section 10 of Fisheries Amendment Act 1997, will not be eligible under this scheme.

Eligible Projects Eligible Projects

Eligible projects must be focussed on the purchase and installation of new machinery and equipment and construction of new premises in relation to the following categories of investment:

Operations contributing to compliance with union law must deliver demonstrably substantial additional benefits beyond legal requirements.

Ineligible Expenditure

The following expenditure is ineligible for support.

Amounts Granted Amounts Granted

The following payments apply to applicants approved under the Scheme.

Category of beneficiary Support Rate
Climate Change*
Other eligible investments
SME 50% 40%
Non-SME 30% 30%


Guidance Notes for Applications in Excess of €5m

If a project, or combination of projects, applying for grant aid under the Brexit Sustainable Aquaculture Growth Scheme has a value in excess of €5m, additional documentation must be provided to supplement your grant application. This does not need to be submitted with your online application, but you will be contacted after submission, and you will be asked to provide the following additional evidence. It is therefore advisable to prepare this documentation while preparing your online application.

Environmental impact:

Value for money:

How to Apply How to Apply


Electronic Application

Apply online on Grant Electronics Management System

Warning: This application form is not compatible with mobile devices. For best results please use desktop/laptop when completing this form.

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Required Documentation

You will be required to upload scanned copies of the following documents, in PDF or image format:

  • Aquaculture and Foreshore Licence or other statutory consent to undertake aquaculture including site drawings.
  • Business Plan. Download the template here.
  • Business Plan Financials. Download the template here.
  • Cashflow three year forecast. Download the template here.
  • Supplier Quotes
  • Legal Declaration. Download Declaration template here.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is provided.

Delays caused by failure to do so may result in:

  • significant delays in payment of a grant
  • failure to qualify for approval under the Scheme.

For more information please use the email contact below

Aquaculture Team

Aquaculture Team