Rural Social Scheme


The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) is aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen/women. To qualify for the RSS you must be getting a social welfare payment. In return, people participating in the RSS provide services that benefit rural communities.The Department of Social Protection has overall responsibility for policy in relation to the Rural Social Scheme, including eligibility criteria. The Department monitors the implementation of the RSS and supports the various bodies that manage the RSS locally. The Department may also inspect any Scheme and visit projects. At a local level, the Scheme is managed by implementing bodies such as Galway Rural Development (GRD). The intention of the Scheme is that the projects carried out are beneficial to the local community and that participants have the opportunity to improve existing or develop new skills. Dependent spouses can take up a place on the scheme in the place of the original applicant if they wish.To qualify you or your spouse must have a herd number and currently be in receipt of any of the following Social Welfare payments: Farm Assist; Fish Assist; Job Seekers Benefit (if previously on the Community Employment Scheme); Job Seekers Assistance or the Disability Allowance.

If permission is given by the herd owner, then partners, sons and daughters who are also in receipt of any of the above payments may also qualify. Please note that the herd number may only be used once.

If you are a registered community group or an interested farmer/fisherman/woman please contact Sean Broderick, Coordinator for further details. Tel: 091 875732.

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.