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    The Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects 2016 to 2020 is currently closed for applications. When a date for re-opening of the Scheme is announced, we will recommence the facilitation of pre-application enquiries with intending future applicants

    The scheme was officially launched in June 2016 , providing a pool of €65m for investment to develop new, or boost existing, tourism experiences and attractions across Ireland. The Scheme, which runs from 2016-2020, received 115 applications as part of its first call from the public, private and voluntary sectors including community groups.

    The Scheme is being run as a two-stage process and we have just completed Stage 1. The 115 applications received were evaluated as part of Stage One of the application process, and 24 tourism projects have been invited to proceed to Stage Two of the Scheme, subject to the terms and conditions pertaining to the Scheme. These projects are those deemed most suitable under the criteria of the scheme to proceed to the next stage.

    Fáilte Ireland will now work closely with each project during the design stage up to the point at which they submit their Stage Two application. Each project has up to 18 months to submit a Stage 2 application for their project, upon which a final decision on funding will be made. Find full information on the 2017 list of Stage 1 Pass Projects here [pdf, 160kb]. Planning permission and all other necessary statutory and non-statutory consents, are pre-requisites to making a Stage 2 application.

    This grant scheme has taken an innovation-friendly and outcome-led approach to financial support. Rather than being prescriptive in terms of the types of projects eligible for funding, the scheme has instead emphasised the desired development outcomes and the 24 projects that have now been invited to the next stage of the process will best help to deliver those outcomes. Under the scheme, capital grants in excess of €200k and up to a maximum of €5m will be available. We hope to be able to advise on the next funding round in due course. In the meantime, if you wish to be notified when grant schemes are being announced, please send an email to

    In addition to the above projects, Fáilte Ireland is also providing funding through a number of Strategic Partnerships which it has established with State bodies, including to date, the Office of Public Works, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Coillte. Attached below are details of funding approved for various projects throughout the country through these Strategic Partnerships to date.

    Strategic Partnerships

    Read the following press releases to find out more about our Strategic Partnerships.

    Capital grants scheme application guidelines

    The Application Guidelines for the Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects can be downloaded here. The application guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Fáilte Ireland State Aid Handbook, which can be downloaded below.

    Download the application guidelines [pdf, 1.4mb]

    Fáilte Ireland State Aid Handbook

    The application guidelines above should be read in conjunction with the Fáilte Ireland State Aid Handbook.

    Download Fáilte Ireland State Aid Handbook [pdf]