Funding deadline draws near for Regenerative Tourism and Placemaking Scheme

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Community and SME representatives from across Ballinasloe Municipal District pictured in attendance at a public information evening on Failte Ireland’s Regenerative Tourism and Placemaking Scheme at the Shearwater, Ballinasloe. Photo Gerry Stronge.

Tourism-focused community groups and SMEs across Ballinasloe Municipal District are being invited to apply for funding opportunities under Failte Ireland’s Regenerative Tourism and Placemaking Scheme.

Projects and initiatives that promote sustainable tourism development will be considered for funding through the scheme, which is being delivered through the EU Just Transition Fund (EU JTF).

A deadline date of June 30 has been set for receipt of Expressions of Interest under the scheme which was the subject of two information evenings hosted by Galway County Council in Glenamaddy and Ballinasloe last month.

Loretta Raftery, the recently appointed EU JTF Tourism Activator for County Galway said, there was huge turnout for the information events.

“Attendees learned more about the funding opportunities that exist for projects that promote sustainable development of tourism with the aim of diversifying the regional economy by creating jobs, supporting habitats and biodiversity and sustaining communities.”

“Supported by Galway’s County Council’s Tourism Officer John Neary, Fáilte Ireland and other key stakeholders, I look forward to assisting eligible entities in accessing funding to deliver regenerative tourism led projects and, ultimately, supporting tourism ideas that are sustainable, enduring, cost effective and visitor driven,” added Ms. Raftery.

In order to submit an Expression of Interest, community groups and SMEs should visit www.Fáilteireland.ie/justtransition or and register via the Failte Ireland Trade Fáilte Ireland Trade Portal on failteireland.ie.