Funding for greenway development, extensions and repair of trails available

NEWS IN BRIEF: Local councils and other State bodies have until September 30 to apply for the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, which includes greenways and rural cycleways.

The fund provides funding for projects including the development, extensions and repair of trails, walkways, cycleways and blueways.

According to the Department of Rural and Community Development there’s three bands of funding: (1) small-scale maintenance/ promotional and marketing projects to include grant aid amounts of up to €20,000; (2) medium-scale repair/upgrade and new trail/amenity development grant amounts of up to €200,000; and (3) large-scale repair/upgrade and new strategic trail development grant amounts of over €200,000 and up to €500,000.

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.

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