Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) 2019

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The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) 2019 has been launched by Minister Ring on 29th March 2019.  It will provide funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and for the necessary maintenance, enhancement and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas across Ireland.


The 2019 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) will provide funding under 3 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 (grant of between €20,000 and €200,000)
  • Measure 3: Repair/upgrade and development of larger more strategic projects (grant of between €200,000 and €500,000).


Local Authorities will be the applicant bodies under Measures 1 and 2, with Local Development Companies invited to participate under Measure 1 as partners or co-applicants.

Measure 3 will be open to Local Authorities and State Agencies, with collaborative approaches welcomed under this Measure in particular. Funding for all three measures will be provided to a maximum of 80% of total project costs, with the balance to be provided from Local Authority or other sources.


Please note that the term “recreation” in the context applies to sporting and recreational activities, which operate in the countryside.  It does not include sporting activities which take place in the countryside on confined courses or pitches specifically designed and constructed for those sports.


Meath County Council are now seeking expressions of interest for projects under Measure 1 and 2, details can be submitted by either completing the project details in the attached forms below or submitting on a separate sheet.  All projects must be completed by October 2019.  As far as possible, the cost of works associated with each project should be as accurate as possible.  Further details on the scheme can be found in the attached document.

2019 ORIS scheme outline

2019 M1 Project Overview

2019 M2M3 LA project overview


Completed forms or details of projects can be submitted by email to community@meathcoco.ie or by post to Community Section, Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath by 5pm on Friday 17th May 2019.



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