Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS)

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) provides essential income support to farming businesses in remote and constrained rural areas.

Funding is used to:

  • allow farmers and crofters to continue to operate as viable businesses
  • avoid the risk of land abandonment
  • help maintain the countryside by ensuring continued agricultural land use
  • maintain and promote sustainable farming systems

The current scheme will continue until 2019, however, from 2015 we have introduced, in certain circumstances, more opportunities for active farmers and crofters who were refused LFASS support during 2010–2014 to receive funding.

Full scheme guidance

Full guidance

Scheme delivery

This scheme is delivered through:

The Scottish Rural Development Programme logo