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€300,000 available for agri-food tourism initiatives

Proposals are being sought for agri-food tourism initiatives under the 2024 Rural Innovation and Development Fund (RIDF). 

The call has been made by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, with €300,000 available for projects that support agri-food tourism initiatives, including rural food markets. And the maximum amount payable to any project is €25,000.
Commenting, the minister said: “Tourism and the agri-food sector are inextricably linked – they complement each other well. This funding provides 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. 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.
"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. This grant is testament to the continued support this Government is providing and will continue to provide to rural agri-businesses.”
Applications should be made via the Call for Proposals application form which is available on the DAFM website here. The closing date for receipt of applications is 12pm on February 23.