The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D. have announced that applications are open for the National and Regional Greenways Funding Call. €53m is available for Greenway projects over the years 2019 to 2021.
Minister Ross said, "Greenways are one of the exciting developments to Irish tourism in recent time. For that reason, today, I am issuing a call for applications for €53 million of funding for Greenways. Greenways offer a unique way to see our beautiful country and I am excited to see more develop in the coming years. Through this funding call we are looking to develop greenways of scale that are appropriately segregated from traffic and provide access to beautiful scenery.”
Minister Ross continued, "I am well aware that there is considerable pent-up demand for greenways around the country and I look forward to receiving many quality applications. I urge potential applicants to progress their planning and design of greenways, in cooperation with communities and land owners, as far as possible in advance of making any application for funding and to resolve any land access issues."
Funding call for Greenways opened today. Enormous opportunity for economic development and tourism boost for rural #Leitrim with the SLNCR and Cavan Leitrim rail trails https://t.co/Cac1rEjGTr pic.twitter.com/wcJDJ0zWKO— Leitrim Development (@leitrimdevco) September 10, 2018
Minister Griffin stated, "Having cycled the Great Western Greenway and the Waterford Greenway, I have seen at first hand the transformation that greenways can provide to our rural towns and villages, the job creation potential is significant and bringing people to parts of our country that they may not have considered visiting before is hugely beneficial in spreading tourism around all parts of the country. Activity Tourism is a huge focus for Ireland now and providing high quality walking and cycling infrastructure will assist in attracting the large number of foreign tourists interested in coming here."
The Application Form is based on the criteria set out in the Strategy and is available on the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport’s website. The closing date for completed application forms is November 30.
Funding applications will be assessed following the closure of the application process and funding is likely to be awarded in the first half of 2019.