The Town and Village Renewal Scheme supports small to medium capital projects which enhance the environment of town or village centres. Grant funding for projects will range from €20,000 to €500,000. The 2021 Scheme will place particular emphasis on projects supporting remote working and enhancing town centre living as outlined in “Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025.” The Town and Village Scheme will support these objectives and will encourage more people to return confidently to town and village centres to work, shop and socialise.
For the 2021 Scheme, the minimum grant which is available is €20,000. The maximum level of grant funding available is being raised to €500,000 in respect of one application from each Local Authority. A maximum of €250,000 will apply in respect of 2 applications and €100,000 in respect of 4 applications.
The increase is being made to align the scheme with the type of projects and level of ambition identified in “Our Rural Future”. A limited number of these larger scale projects will be supported this year. It is envisaged such projects will generate significant positive impacts. It is expected that the number of larger scale projects which will be supported will increase out to 2025.
Project Development Measure:
A new Project Development Measure (up to €50,000) is being introduced this year. This Measure is being introduced on a trial basis in response to requests from Local Authorities for such an intervention.
The new Project Development Measure is similar in nature to Category 2 projects under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF). The purpose of this Measure is to assist Local Authorities to contribute to a pipeline of significant, well developed projects which might be subsequently progressed to construction stage, subject to the availability of further funding. It is proposed that applications would involve:
- Development costs for one strategic large scale project that may be subsequently progressed with funding from the Town & Village Renewal Scheme e.g. detailed design, preparation for the planning and/or procurement, appropriate assessment etc.
- Funding of up to €50,000 at a 90% rate of aid.
- Maximum of one proposal to be submitted by any Local Authority
The approval of funding under this category does not automatically guarantee future support under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme for delivery of the emerging project – the resulting projects will need to be submitted as normal under the competitive Town & Village Renewal process.
Expressions of Interest’s are now being sought by Louth County Council for projects to be considered for funding. Please click here to access the EOI form. EOI’s should be returned to Barry Eaton, Town & Village Renewal Scheme Applications, Community Section, Louth County Council, County Hall, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91 KFW6 or by email to Barry.Eaton@louthcoco.ie by Friday 11th June 2021 at 16:00. Late EOI’s will not be considered after this date. After the closing date, proposals will be selected for development into detailed applications which will be submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Full details of the scheme are available here or on request by email to Barry.Eaton@louthcoco.ie