Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) 2022

Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are being sought for project proposals under Measure 1 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, which provides funding for Small Scale Repair/Development/Promotion and Marketing with a maximum grant up to €30,000 (90%). A maximum of 3 EOIs can be shortlisted for onward submission of applications to the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) supports the provision of outdoor infrastructure that is, in the main, freely available to the public. The objective of the scheme is to provide funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and for the necessary repair, enhancement or promotion of existing infrastructure in countryside areas across Ireland. It specifically supports the growing activity tourism sector as prioritised in Our Rural Future, Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025.

The type of projects typically funded by the scheme include trails, walkways, cycleways, greenways, blueways, mountain access routes, bridleways and open water amenities at bogs, rivers, lakes and beaches, including tidal pools. The 2022 Scheme emphasises the opportunities for recreational amenities located near rivers, lakes and beaches, and also seeks to support recreational infrastructure that provides an inclusive approach for communities to deliver outlets that support a diverse range of users, including people with disabilities and older adults.
  • Sport Ireland – Walking Trails Criteria for Ireland, click here
  • Sport Ireland – Recreational Horse Trails Criteria for Ireland, click here
  • Blueways Ireland – Blueway Management & Development Guide, click here
  • A Guide to Planning and Developing Small Vessel Water Trails in Ireland, click here
  • Helping the Hills – Guiding Principles for the Management of path Erosion in Upland Areas, click here
  • Cara’s Accessibility and the Great Outdoors Resources, click here
  • Leave no Trace Resources, click here
  • Fáilte Ireland – Greenway Visitor Experience and Interpretation Toolkit, click here
  • Nature-based Solutions to the Management of Rainwater and Surface Water Runoff in Urban Areas, click here
The scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development in partnership with Fáilte Ireland.
The Expression of Interest form for Measure 1 and Scheme Outline can be downloaded in the supporting documents at the end of the page or fill it in online here

Queries can be directed by email to  or by phone 042 9749500 or 087 1760877

Completed Expressions of Interest form should be submitted to Marjan Boers,  by close of business on Monday 11th April 2022. Closing date will be strictly adhered to.
Supporting Documentation