Fáilte Ireland has launched an open call for Expressions of Interest for the Investment Grant-Aid Scheme for Private & Community SMEs as part of the EU Just Transition Fund Regenerative Tourism & Placemaking Scheme for Ireland’s Midlands 2023-2026.
The purpose of the Investment Grant-Aid Scheme is to deliver up to €17million in grant-aid to private and community-based micro enterprises to improve the quality of the visitor experience and SMEs across 8 counties in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and Ireland’s Ancient East. The scheme aims to attract more visitors, increase dwell time, and secure overnight stays, while also creating new jobs in the sector and helping grow the visitor economy. It will also provide supports to develop the digital capabilities of businesses to make the most of the opportunities offered by digitalisation and ensure an increase in the levels of inclusivity in tourism in the EU JTF Territory.
There are five main project categories that will be considered for funding:
- Category 1: Development or Enhancement of Sustainable Visitor Experiences
- Category 2: Development of Sustainable/Low Carbon Tourist Accommodation
- Category 3: Capital Project Planning & Design
- Category 4: Digital Transformation
- Category 5: Accessibility enhancements to provide a more inclusive visitor experience.
The scheme is open to private and community sector applicants. Applicants may be commercial, not-for-profit or charitable enterprises.
Application portal opened for Expressions of Interest on Wednesday 30th August 2023.
This is an open rolling call. However, funded projects must be completed by August 2026. Applicants are encouraged to submit an expression of interest form as early as possible to maximise the time available to fully deliver the project.
To apply, businesses should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form via Fáilte Ireland’s online self-service portal. Fáilte Ireland will determine if the project is eligible for this Investment Grant Scheme.
If deemed eligible, information outlining the next stage of the process will be issued via email.
Full details and applicant guidelines documents are available on the scheme page: www.failteireland.ie/JustTransition.aspx.