The Minister for Rural and Community Development , Michael Ring, TD, today announced that he has approved over €1.8 million in funding for 109 projects under Measure 1 of the 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
The scheme is part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration and Development programme, and provides funding for the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways, cycleways and blueways.
The funding awarded today will support small-scale local projects with funding of up to €20,000 for investment in outdoor recreation facilities and the promotion of existing recreation infrastructure.
Making the announcement today, Minister Ring said:
The Minister continued:
The 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) provides funding under three separate Measures to support countryside recreation:
Measure 1: Small scale maintenance, promotion and marketing (maximum grant €20,000)
Measure 2: Medium scale repair/upgrade and new trail and amenity development (maximum grant €200,000)
Measure 3: Large scale repair/upgrade and new strategic trail development (up to €500,000).
Project applications are submitted from Local Authorities in collaboration with Local Development Companies and other local bodies/communities.
The Department of Rural and Community Development provides funding of up to 80% of the approved costs with the additional 20% to be provided from other sources including Local Authority funds.
The successful projects approved today under Measure 1 are available here Minister Ring approves over €1.8 million for 109 projects across the country under the 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme ]here
Successful projects under Measures 2 and 3 will be announced at a later date.