Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

Local authorities may support community and voluntary groups and local development companies to get government funding to develop or maintain outdoor recreational facilities in rural areas. These facilities include trails, walkways, cycleways, parks and other greenways and blueways like rivers and seas.

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure. It also provides 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. It helps to make use of the resources of the countryside that contribute to healthy active lifestyles. It supports the economic and tourism potential of the area for both local communities and tourist visitors alike.

The scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.