Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development, today announced funding of €10 million under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for 2020.
The funding is one element of a €30 million package of co-ordinated and complementary supports launched by the Minister this week as part of his Department’s Rural Development Investment Programme which is funded under Project Ireland 2040. The other elements of the package announced by the Minister this week were the €15 million Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the €5 million CLÁR Programme. Each scheme will play its role in the social and economic recovery of rural communities over the coming months, following the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme provides funding for the development of new and existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas, such as cycleways, walking trails, blueways and mountain access routes. The 2020 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) will provide funding under 3 separate measures:
- Measure 1: Small Scale repair/Promotion and Marketing (grant up to €20,000).
- Measure 2: Medium scale repair/upgrade and new Trail/Amenity Development (grant up to €200,000).
- Measure 3: Large scale Repair/upgrade and new Strategic Trail/Amenity Development (grant up to €500,000).
Project applications are submitted via the Local Authorities under all Measures.
Measure 1 is also open to applications from Local Development Companies, while State Agencies can submit applications under Measure 3.
Funding will be provided to a maximum of 90% of total project costs. This increased funding level has been introduced in recognition of the difficulty in raising match funding due to the impact of COVID–19.
The deadline for applications for Measure 1: 30th September 2020 .
The deadline for applications for Measures 2 & 3: 30th November 2020.
The Scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development in partnership with Fáilte Ireland.