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    New Horizons on the Wild Atlantic Way 2018 Grants Scheme

    Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority. Our role is to support the tourism industry and work to sustain Ireland as a high-quality and competitive tourism destination. We provide a range of practical business supports to help tourism businesses better manage and market their products and services.

    We also work with other state agencies and representative bodies, at local and national levels, to implement and champion positive and practical strategies that will benefit Irish tourism and the Irish economy. We promote Ireland as a holiday destination through our domestic marketing campaign,, and manage a network of nationwide tourist information centres that provide help and advice for visitors to Ireland. 

    New Horizons on the Wild Atlantic Way 2018

    A Grants Scheme to Develop and Improve the Visitor Experience across the Skellig Coast, Co. Kerry and the Connemara Coast & Aran Islands, Co. Galway.


    Following the completion of a Visitor Experience Development Plan for the Connemara Coast and Aran Islands in Co. Galway and for the Skellig Coast in Co. Kerry, Fáilte Ireland have put in place a focused small grant scheme to support the development of world-class visitor experiences in these areas. 

    The New Horizons on the Wild Atlantic Way 2018 grants scheme will provide funding of between €30,000 and €200,000 to new and operating visitor attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way within the defined geographies of the Connemara Coast & Aran Islands and the Skellig Coast.

    The specific geographies in question can be downloaded in map form via the links below:

    The Visitor Experience Development Plans (VEDPs) for both the Connemara Coast & Aran Islands and for the Skellig Coast can be downloaded via the links at the bottom of this page. The Connemara Coast and Aran Islands plan is also available to download in Irish [pdf, 27mb].

    The New Horizons on the Wild Atlantic Way 2018 grants scheme is aligned to the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Development & Innovation Strategy – A Strategy for Investment 2016-2022, which is available to download below. 

    How to apply

    There are two main steps to be taken in making an application for funding under this scheme:

    Step one: Expression of interest

    In order to receive an application form, you will need to register your interest in the Scheme by filling out a short questionnaire. This questionnaire invites you to submit a 150-word description of your project, which will then be reviewed by the Wild Atlantic Way team.

    Any applicant or project that is clearly ineligible for funding will be informed of this and will not receive an application form. Otherwise a link to the application form will be emailed to you.

    • The deadline for registering an expression of interest has now passed.

    Step two: Completing the application form

    Once an Expression of Interest is submitted, eligible applicants will then receive an email invitation with a link to the online application form. The application form will be hosted on Fáilte Ireland’s Trade Portal. Only application forms submitted online via the Trade Portal will be accepted and evaluated.

    Detailed instructions on completing the application form are contained in the Guidelines document, which can be downloaded via the link at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, contact our Customer Support Team on 1800 242473.

    Incomplete applications and applications received after the closing date will not be considered for evaluation.

    • The final deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday 27 June.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Browse our FAQs to find out more about the New Horizons Grants Scheme.