Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme
The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure or the necessary maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland.
The scheme supports the provision of outdoor recreation infrastructure that is, in the main, freely available to the public in the countryside (not within the environs of towns and villages) and that contributes to healthy active lifestyles and the economic and tourism potential of the area for both local communities and tourist visitors alike. In particular, the scheme provides funding for trails, cycleways, blueways, bridleways, as well as outdoor amenities located near rivers, lakes and beaches.
The scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development in partnership with Fáilte Ireland.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) are being sought for project proposals under Measure 1 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, which provides funding for Small Scale Repair/Development/Promotion and Marketing with a maximum grant up to €30,000. A maximum of seven EOIs can be shortlisted and will be developed into funding applications for onward submission to the Department of Rural and Community Development.
All necessary consent must be in place at the time of making a funding application i.e. planning permissions, landowner consents, insurance etc. In designated areas such as SACs, SPAs etc, any necessary AA screening and other ecological assessments must be in place prior to submitting an application for funding.
Community Groups who have a potential projects that align with the Scheme requirements should in the first instance discuss same with the Rural and Community Development Officer (RCDO) for their respective area. Contact details of Rural and Community Development Officers.
An Expression of Interest Form should be completed and submitted to Rural Development Directorate by 4:00p.m. Wednesday 16th March 2022.
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