2023 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme Call
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced a
major €16 million funds to support outdoor recreation projects.
The 2023 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) will see the development of
natural amenities such as our woodlands, mountains, rivers, lakes, beaches, bogs, and walkways, and will place a particular focus on developing amenities for adventure tourism in rural Ireland.
The funding is aimed at supporting outdoor recreation tourism, a growing tourism sector
internationally, which has the potential to have major economic spin-off benefits for our rural towns and villages as well as improve the health and well-being of rural communities.
A list of eligible activities is detailed below, however, it should be noted that this list is not
It does not include activities that take place outdoors on confined courses or pitches (such as
Gaelic Games, golf, soccer, and show-jumping) or motoriSed activities (such as quads/scramblers). As a consequence, such activities are not eligible for funding under ORIS.
It is a requirement that the infrastructure funded under ORIS should be available free of
charge to the public.
Kilkenny LEADER Partnership is seeking Expressions of Interest for projects under measure 1:
Measure 1: Small Scale Repair/Development/Promotion and Marketing – grant up
Grant aid is 90% so the applicant must show evidence of match funding of 10% cash or 5% cash + 5% labour contribution at the application stage.
Please find the full scheme outlines here or go to www.gov.ie and search for Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2023. Projects with evidence of strong community engagement will be prioritised. Where a project requires planning permission, this must be in place in advance of an application being submitted.
Projects should be located mainly in the countryside and not in the environs of a town or
village unless the proposed project is linking a town or village into the countryside.
Please email Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, providing details of any potential project, within the county, that meets the prescribed criteria for eligibility under the Scheme that you would like to have considered. Once submissions are reviewed contact will be made to advise on the outcome of this assessment process.
All expressions of interest must be submitted in WORD Format to Harry Everard: email@example.com by 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday the 12th of July to allow sufficient time for applications to be prepared and finalised.