ORIS: €16 million funding available to support outdoor recreation amenities

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure scheme (ORIS) is a major €16 million fund to support hundreds of outdoor recreation projects across the country and is currently open for applications.The 2023 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) will see the development of our natural amenities such as our mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches, blue-ways, bogs, forest walks and uplands.

Grants up to €500,000 are available under the scheme, which places a particular focus on developing amenities for adventure tourism in rural Ireland. Among the activities that will be invested in include walking, hiking, cycling, swimming, kayaking, sailing, paragliding and kite-surfing.

The scheme is administered at a local level by local authorities and local development companies. It will prioritise projects which have evidence of strong community engagement.

The Measures being funded under ORIS 2023 are as follows.

Measure Purpose Application deadline
Measure 1 Small scale projects requiring funding of up to €30,000 5 September
Measure 2 Medium scale projects with funding of up to €200,000 27 October
Measure 3 Large scale projects seeking funding of up to €500,000 27 October
Project Development Measure Funding of up to €50,000 for development costs for strategic large scale projects 28 July
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