New €17m tourism fund launched to help midlands SMEs transition from peat economy

The new grant scheme is part of the €68 million Regenerative Tourism Scheme for Ireland’s Midlands operated by Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Tourism

Bord na Móna ceased all peat harvesting in 2021 and is in the process of winding down its sale of peat products

Small businesses in the midlands tourism sector are being encouraged to apply for a new €17 million grant programme to support the region in its transition away from a peat focused economy.

Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media launched the scheme on Tuesday morning, which will be aimed at private and community SMEs in a bid to transform the tourism sector across eight counties in the midlands into ...