Donegal organisations are set to gain from €14 million in funding for outdoor recreation projects and investment that will support the adventure tourism sector in rural communities.
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, made the announcement this morning.
The focus of the funding is to develop rural Ireland’s unique natural amenities and support outdoor pursuits and adventure activities such as hiking/mountaineering, cycling, horse-riding, canoeing/kayaking, swimming, surfing, sailing, rock-climbing, fishing, paragliding and hang-gliding.
The fund will provide for significant investment in the development of outdoor trails, walkways, cycleways, blueways, tidal pools, floating boardwalks and bridleways.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider opportunities to develop recreational amenities and increase public access and enjoyment of rural Ireland’s mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, beaches and bogs.
The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Fund is open to Local Authorities, State Bodies (EG. Coillte, Waterways Ireland) and Local Development Companies.
Launching the fund today, Minister Humphreys said: “As part of Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious new policy for rural development, I want to see rural Ireland become a destination of choice domestically and internationally for outdoor pursuits and adventure tourism.”
“I want to see applications coming forward which seek to develop and improve access to rural Ireland’s unique, natural amenities such as our lakes, rivers and beaches, as well as our forests, mountains and bogs.”
For more information about the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme visit gov.ie.Tags: