Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (68)

Peter Burke

Question:

68. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the allocation made under the outdoor recreation infrastructure scheme in 2018; when measure 2 approvals will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51676/18]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure or the necessary maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreation infrastructure in Ireland.

On 28th May last, I launched the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for 2018, under three separate measures:

- Measure 1: Small maintenance/promotion of existing infrastructure (maximum grant €20,000)

- Measure 2: Medium scale repair/upgrade and development of new small/medium infrastructure (maximum grant €200,000), and

- Measure 3: Repair/upgrade and development of larger more strategic projects (grant of between €200,001 and €500,000).

Since September last, I have announced the allocation of €1.8 million in respect of 128 projects under Measure 1, and over €8 million in respect of 18 projects under Measure 3.

My officials are now assessing the applications received under Measure 2 and I hope to be in a position to announce the successful projects in the coming weeks.