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ORIS Funding Scheme 2023 - Measure 1

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The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure, and support for the necessary repair, maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas across Ireland.


The scheme supports outdoor recreation activities such as walking, trekking, cycling, kayaking and hiking, and helps to make use of the resources of the countryside that contribute to healthy active lifestyles, while supporting the economic and tourism potential of the area for both local communities and tourist visitors alike.


Donegal County Council are seeking Expressions of Interest in relation to Measure I: Small Scale Repair/Development/Promotion and Marketing


Please refer to  Embracing Irelands Outdoors: National Outdoor Recreation Strategy 2023-2027 which was launched on 28th November 2022 by Minister Heather Humphreys, Department of Rural and Community Development


Please also refer to the  and which was launched on 7th June 2023 by Minister Heather Humphreys, Department of Rural and Community Development


Please also refer to Blueways Ireland - Blueway Management Development Guide and the Sport Ireland website for further guidance and information


How to Apply 


Measure 1: Small Scale Repair/Development/Promotion and Marketing will support the upkeep, repair and development of trails, walkways, mountain access routes, cycleways, blueways, recreational facilities at bogs, rivers, lakes and beaches, natural play areas that form part of a larger outdoor recreation project and the promotion and marketing of such infrastructure.


Projects should, where possible, indicate how they are inclusive of people with disabilities and older adults.


Expressions of Interests to Measure 1 Small Scale Repair/Development/Promotion and Marketing are to be submitted directly to Donegal County Council, details of which are available below:


ORIS 2023 - Scheme Outline inc Measure 1

ORIS 2023 - Measure 1: Expression of Interest


Irish Versions in respect of the above will be uploaded as soon as they are available.


Expressions of Interest for Measure 1 must be submitted on-line to [email protected] before 12noon on Wednesday, 26th July 2023


Note: Up to 7 project applications in total under ORIS: Measure 1 may be selected by the Local Authority for onward submission to the Department and for their informed consideration.


Note: Proposals under Measure 2, Measure 3 and Project Development Measure are NOT seeking Expressions of Interest at this time.


In the event your community has a larger strategic project proposal you would like to discuss further, please contact Darryl Connor the Outdoor Recreation Officer in Donegal County Council at [email protected] and who will be available to assist you at this time.  




Closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interests to be submitted to Donegal County Council to: 


 [email protected]


Before 12noon on Wednesday 26th July 2023



Expressions of Interest received after this deadline will not be considered