Funding

Funding

Fáilte Ireland helps to support tourism industry growth in Ireland through the investment strategy, which underpins all our investment in tourism capital projects, including all grant schemes and strategic partnerships. 

This investment fund, administered by Fáilte Ireland, supports tourism capital investment projects and initiatives by both the public and private sectors and helps them tap into the potential Ireland has as a world-class tourism destination. 

Through this strategy, we aim to deliver genuinely innovative projects that will transform visitor experiences for Ireland’s target markets while supporting jobs in the industry and protecting our natural environment. 

In addition under the EU Just Transition Fund, Fáilte Ireland has been appointed as an intermediate body which acts under the responsibility of EMRA, tasked with the administration of up to €68 million for a Regenerative Tourism and Placemaking Scheme 2023-2026. Through this scheme Fáilte Ireland will invest in the sustainable development of tourism in the Midlands with the aim of diversifying the regional economy by creating jobs, supporting habitats and biodiversity and sustaining communities. Click here for further information.

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Business Support Grant for Activities and Attractions

Developed to support Activities and Attraction businesses adversely impacted by displacement of visitor accommodation stock, applications for this scheme will open Monday March 4th.

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EU Just Transition Fund

As Ireland moves towards a low-carbon economy, Fáilte Ireland will deliver the Regenerative Tourism and Placemaking Scheme for Ireland’s Midlands 2023-2026 as part of the EU Just Transition Fund.

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Destination Supports for International Business Events

Are you bringing an international conference, meeting, incentive trip or a sporting/cultural event to Ireland? Fáilte Ireland offers Bid Support Funding, and Site Inspection Funding. We also offer Programme Enhancement Funding for activities.

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Fáilte Ireland EU Funding Opportunities

If you are interested in potential EU Funding Opportunities for your tourism business, Fáilte Ireland has developed a guide on EU Funding including the various funding programmes, the purpose of each funding programme and how to apply.

The following schemes are no longer accepting applications but the associated resources may still be helpful. Use the toolkits and find out more about who was funded via these schemes.

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Gala Dinner Venues Capital Investment Scheme 2022

To stimulate the development of unique gala dinner venues of scale, Fáilte Ireland has launched a Gala Dinner Venues Investment Scheme, offering investment grants of up to 100% of eligible project costs to a maximum of €200,000 per project.

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Tourism Business Continuity Programme 2022

The Tourism Business Continuity Programme is designed to support strategic tourism businesses survive through the pandemic and be there to help drive the recovery of tourism.

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Re-imagining Urban Spaces

Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme and Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme, in partnership with Local Authorities.

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Festivals Innovation Programme

Due to limitations and challenges affecting the festivals and events industry and the broader tourism sector in these exceptional times, this fund has been temporarily suspended.

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Platforms for Growth

Fáilte Ireland Capital Investment Programme which supports the development of physical infrastructure across a range of attractions, activities and experiences that have the greatest potential to grow tourism across Ireland.

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COVID-19 Adaptation Fund

The €26m COVID-19 Adaptation Fund for tourism and hospitality businesses was announced as part of the July stimulus package. The Adaptation Fund is closed to new applications from all businesses.

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Ireland Based Inbound Agents Business Continuity Scheme

Fund introduced to assist Republic of Ireland based Inbound Tour Operators who package, sell and market Ireland’s tourism product overseas and have suffered significant losses as a result of COVID-19. 

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Revenue tax schemes

Find out more about the tourism tax schemes funded by Revenue.

Funding for startups

There is no direct funding available from Fáilte Ireland for business startups at this time.

You can learn more about funding opportunities through the following resources:

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Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects 2016

Fáilte Ireland launched a grants scheme for large capital projects in mid-2016. Find out more about the scheme and the projects which were awarded funding under this scheme.

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Digital that Delivers

Fáilte Ireland's new programme supports the digital transformation of the visitor experiences sector.