The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has issued a call for proposals for Agri-Food Tourism Initiatives under the 2024 Rural Innovation and Development Fund (RIDF). The objective of this call for proposals is to offer funding to activities or items that promote and/or develop innovative agri-food tourism projects which can demonstrate that they will be self-sustainable in the longer term. Under the rules of the scheme, funding for capital works will not be considered.
Minister McConalogue stated at the launch of the initiative that “Ireland’s agri-food sector is one of the main drivers of our economy, especially in rural and coastal areas. Guided by my Departments Food Vision 2030 strategy, we continue to develop linkages between local food and tourism offerings. This includes backing for business development and marketing initiatives to support and promote food and drink visitor attractions.”
Minister McConaloge went on to say “In 2023 some great projects were developed under this scheme, and it is hoped that 2024 will provide an opportunity to progress projects further and indeed create new experiences.”
Total funding of almost €300,000 is available for projects supporting agri-food tourism initiatives (which may also include rural food markets). The maximum amount payable to any project is €25,000.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 12.00 noon on 23rd February. Applications should be made via the Call for Proposals application form which is available on the Department website here.
Further enquiries about the call for proposals under the scheme should be addressed to [email protected].