Ireland’s Ancient East Capital Grants Scheme – Funding Available

 Fáilte Ireland has now launched its New Ideas in Ancient Spaces Capital Grants Scheme to encourage the development of compelling visitor experiences throughout the Ireland’s Ancient East region. Approximately €1m will be invested in the scheme this year in the first phase of funding which is intended to ensure that the Ireland’s Ancient East brand delivers on its promise to visitors.   As you will be aware, Ireland’s Ancient East builds on the wealth of historical and cultural assets in the east and south of Ireland. Stretching from Carlingford to Cork and from Cavan to Carnsore, Ireland’s Ancient East is intended to match and complement the Wild Atlantic Way in terms of scale and ambition.

The funding announced today is the first phase of our New Ideas in Ancient SpacesCapital Grants Scheme, intended for projects which will deliver by June 2016. It is envisaged that further schemes will be available in the future. The scheme will favour those projects which match what visitors to Ireland’s Ancient East are expecting, namely a destination:

  • that is easy and enjoyable to explore;
  • where heritage experiences are memorable because they tell their story so well;
  • where the stories told at individual heritage sites link to other sites across the region and to an overall timeline, building to a unique, fascinating and enriching journey through 5000 years of European history.

This scheme opens today (June 12th 2015) and application forms may be requested from . Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with us here in Fáilte Ireland at the earliest possible stage of development before submitting an application. Completed applications must be submitted by 12 Noon on Monday July 13th 2015 to Guidelines for the scheme can be accessed here  New Ideas in Ancient Spaces Application Guidelines Please feel free to bring this to the attention of anybody whom you may feel would be eligible to apply. Yours sincerely Jenny De Saulles Head of Programmes East and South

So there you have it: this may be just the thing you or a suitable local attraction near to you is looking for to revitalize their tourism business so spread the word.

Closing date for funding applications is Monday 13th July and application forms can be requested from