The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, recently announced details of the 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme with €15 million in funding to help revitalise rural towns and villages post Covid-19.
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is funded under Project Ireland 2040 and is a key initiative of Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025. The objectives of the 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme are being re-focused to align with the commitments within Our Rural Future.
Limerick City and County Council is seeking expressions of interest from town/village community groups and/or business interests who may have suitable projects for consideration under this competitive scheme. To download the Expression of Interest form click here. To download the Scheme Outline, click here.
The 2021 Scheme will prioritise tackling vacancy and dereliction in towns and villages, creation of remote working opportunities and supporting town centre living. Other interventions referenced in Our Rural Future, such as upgrading shopfronts and street facades, green spaces and parks and promoting areas as destinations for remote workers will also be supported.
Specifically the scheme aims to target projects as follows;
Projects that bring vacant and derelict buildings and sites back into use as multi-purpose spaces, e.g, Tourism, Cultural or Community Hubs
Projects that bring vacant properties in Town Centres back into use as Remote Working Hubs. This also includes funding for the repurposing of existing community or publicly owned buildings in town or village centres to facilitate remote working.
Projects to support the upgrade and enhancement of shop-fronts and street facades in towns and villages.
Projects to develop parks, green spaces and recreational amenities in town centres to make them vibrant hubs for community enjoyment, and to increase footfall for local businesses.
Marketing campaigns targeted at attracting remote workers and mobile talent to their county/region; and promotion of specific town/villages to attract new customers and/or business investment.
Projects that support and enhance the night-time economy in line with emerging recommendations from the Night-Time Economy Taskforce.
Regeneration projects that support active and vibrant town and village centres; these projects should be identified in town and village masterplans (or similar) developed in collaboration with the local community, businesses and the other relevant stakeholders in the town or village.
A maximum of 8 proposals can be selected for progression to full application stage, for submission to the Department of Rural and Community Development. The minimum grant funding available is €20,000. The 8 applications to the Department can consist of:
- 1 application up to €500,000;
- 2 applications up to €250,000;
- 4 applications up to €100,000; and
- 1 project development measure up to €50,000.
The Project Development Measure has been introduced this year and provides grant funding in respect of feasibility / development costs for one strategic large-scale project.
After the closing date, all expressions of interest will be assessed with regard to the priorities detailed in the Scheme Outline and the proposals alignment with the commitments in Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025.
Closing date for submission of Expressions of Interest is 4pm, Friday 18th June, 2021.
The Scheme Outline, Expression of Interest form and Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025 can be downloaded in the supporting documents at the end of the page.
Further enquiries can be directed to:
Phone: 061 557531, 061 557117 or 061 557356.