Our Rural Future – Rural Towns and Villages Funding announced €15m

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces €15 million fund to revitalise rural towns & villages

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  • Tackling dereliction a key focus of new enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme
  • Funding available to turn vacant buildings in town centres into remote working hubs, enterprise spaces, cultural, tourism and community hubs
  • Scheme encourages Collaborative Projects to upgrade shop fronts and inject street facades with colour and vibrancy
  • Investment in green spaces in town centres
  • Marketing Campaigns to attract remote workers to rural Ireland
  • Grants from €20,000 to €500,000 available

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Monday, May 3rd) announced €15 million in funding to help revitalise rural towns and villages post Covid-19.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is designed to breathe new life into rural communities – making them more attractive places to live, work, socialise and raise a family.

The initiative is a key part of Our Rural Future – the Government’s five year strategy to revitalise rural Ireland.

The measures that will be supported by the 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme include:

  • Tackling dereliction in town centres
  • Turning vacant properties into remote working and community spaces
  • Supporting Local Authorities to run innovative marketing campaigns targeted at attracting remote workers to their county
  • Investing in green spaces, parks and recreational amenities
  • Upgrading and improving shop fronts & streetscapes on Main Streets
  • Projects that support and enhance the night time economy and add vibrancy to town centres

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is administered through the Local Authorities, who are required to work closely with local communities and local businesses to develop and implement proposals.

The previous maximum grant of €200,000 has been increased to €500,000 under this year’s scheme so that projects of scale can be supported.

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