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Department of Rural & Community Development and Fáilte Ireland to support walking and cycling trails through Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

Date: 1st April 2019

Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development on Friday, 29 March, announced details of the 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme as part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Programme for Rural Regeneration.

The scheme will provide funding for the development of new facilities, and for the maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas across Ireland. The Scheme is administered and funded by the Department with additional funding being provided by Fáilte Ireland.

Full press release available on the website here.

The 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) will provide funding under 3 separate measures:

Measure 1: Small maintenance/promotion of existing infrastructure (maximum grant €20,000)

Measure 2: Medium scale repair/upgrade and development of new small/medium infrastructure (grant of between €20,000 and €200,000)

Measure 3: Repair/upgrade and development of larger more strategic projects (grant of between €200,000 and €500,000).

Local Authorities will be the applicant bodies under Measures 1 and 2, with Local Development Companies invited to participate under Measure 1 as partners or co-applicants.

Measure 3 will be open to Local Authorities and State Agencies, with collaborative approaches welcomed under this Measure in particular. Funding for all three measures will be provided to a maximum of 80% of total project costs, with the balance to be provided from Local Authority or other sources.