Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes €15 million Fund to support Outdoor Adventure Activities

18th February, 2022

  • Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) to provide major boost to rural tourism 
  • €15 million fund to develop our mountains, lakes, beaches, bogs, forest walks, blueways, greenways and bridleways
  • Focus on supporting adventure activities such as hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, swimming and cycling
  • Funded in partnership with Fáilte Ireland


Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Joe O’Brien, TD has welcomed a major €15 million fund that will support dozens of outdoor adventure projects across the country.

The 2022 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) will see the development of natural amenities such as our mountains, lakes, beaches, bogs, walkways, greenways and blueways.

The Scheme, which saw its funding increased as part of the Budget, will place a particular focus on developing adventure tourism in Rural Ireland.

It will support activities such as hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, swimming and cycling, which were especially popular among families throughout the Pandemic.

Today’s announcement builds on the commitment under “Our Rural Future” to continuing the investment in infrastructure that caters for the growth in both local and international outdoor adventure tourism.

The projects that will be supported under ORIS are designed to benefit the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they are located.

Welcoming the 2022 scheme Minister O’Brien said:

“I am delighted to welcome the 2022 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. To date, the Scheme has provided funding of over €87 million for more than 1,200 projects nationwide.

“The facilities and amenities funded under this Scheme represent a vital long-term asset for communities and visitors alike and are clear examples of the impact that “Our Rural Future” is having across Ireland.

“That’s why €15 million has been allocated to the Scheme as part of the largest ever financial support package for Rural Ireland secured in Budget 2022.”

The Minister continued:

‘‘Fingal has an abundance of natural beauty and the potential to develop sites to support increased outdoor activity is huge.  COVID-19 has seen a huge upsurge in people’s appreciation for the outdoors and through this fund Fingal’s fantastic outdoor amenities and coastal routes can be developed so that more people can access them and enjoy them.

“I would love to see applications coming forward from Fingal seeking to develop sites and improve access to beaches, forest walks, cycleways, outdoor swimming and much more.”

The 2022 scheme will provide investment ranging from €30,000 for small scale projects and up to €500,000 for large scale projects.  This is an alteration on last year’s scheme, which provided funding ranging from €20,000 instead of €30,000.

The Scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and projects applications will be accepted under the following Measures:

  • Measure 1 for small scale projects requiring funding of up to €30,000,
  • Measure 2 for medium scale projects with funding of up to €200,000,
  • Measure 3 for large scale projects seeking funding of up to €500,000, and
  • Project Development Measure funding of up to €50,000 for development costs for strategic large scale projects.

The deadline for applications under Measure 1 and the Project Development Measure is 5.15pm on Monday, 18th April 2022.

The deadline for applications under Measures 2 & 3 is 5.15pm on Wednesday, 25th May 2022.

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