Minister for agriculture, food and the marine Charlie McConalogue has issued a call for agri-food tourism Initiatives proposals under the 2022 Rural Innovation and Development Fund.
Minister McConalogue Statement
A statement published on gov.ie included a statement from minister McConalogue, in which he said, "The funding provided under this initiative aligns with many of the goals in my department's ambitious strategy for the agri-food sector 'Food Vision 2030'. One of the key actions in this strategy is to continue to develop linkages between local food and tourism offerings, including support for business development and marketing initiatives to support and promote food and drink visitor attractions including the distillery, brewery and tourism sector. Ireland's agri-food sector is engrained in the fabric of Irish society and is one of the main drivers of our economy, especially in rural and coastal areas. My department is delighted to be in a position to continue to provide support towards the development of agri-food tourism initiatives which will help rural businesses to develop their products and services, connect with the community and visitors and improve the rural experience."
The statement published on gov.ie also said that total funding of close to €300,000 is available for projects that support agri-food tourism initiatives, which may also include rural food markets, and that the maximum amount payable to any project is €25,000.
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Additionally, the statement said that applications should be made via the Call for Proposals application form, which is available via gov.ie, and that the closing date for applications is 12 noon on 4 March.
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