Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2022

 The Town and Village Renewal Scheme (TVRS) 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 Town and Village Renewal Scheme (TVRS) is funded under Project Ireland 2040 as part of Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025 - Our Rural Future. This Policy will see increased investment out to 2025 in remote working, providing opportunities for people to continue to live in rural communities while following their career ambitions. In line with the Town Centre First Policy it will also see continued investment to support town centre living, address vacancy and dereliction, and promote cross government investment supporting rural towns and villages as hubs of economic and social activity. Following the launch of Our Rural Future, and subsequently the Town Centre First (TCF) Policy, TVRS objectives have been refocused to align with commitments within these Policies.  Specifically, the 2022 Scheme will once again prioritise tackling vacancy in towns and villages, remote working and supporting town centre living.

Regeneration projects that assist in revitalising our rural towns and villages, in line with the Town Centre First policy, through planned and sustainable regeneration and development which will drive greater economic activity and footfall, address vacancy and dereliction and ensure the re-use of heritage and other existing buildings; 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 will be prioritised.

Other interventions referenced in Our Rural Future such as green spaces and parks, and promoting areas as destinations for remote workers will also be supported.

The increase in the scale of projects to be funded will remain again this year, with applications seeking up to €500,000 permitted.

Under the 2022 Scheme, a minimum of one application must be submitted from Towns/Villages that have not previously been approved for funding under the Scheme in the last 3 years.  Proposals in respect of towns or villages that have not previously applied, or have not been successful under the scheme, will also be prioritised by the Department where possible, subject to the overall quality of the project.

Projects must demonstrate close collaboration between communities and business interests in the design and delivery of proposed projects, and must have the support of the Local Authority. Proposals identified in town/village plans and developed in collaboration with local stakeholders will be prioritised. Proposals must also be consistent with the County Development Plan, Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP), town health checks, and other relevant local development plans.

It is advisable that appropriate assessments, feasibility studies and planning permissions (if required) are in place or substantially progressed prior to the submission of a project application. Should they not have commenced, it is recommended that the application is retained for future years or may be submitted under the Project Development Measure.

Only proposals that are capable of being delivered within an 18 month timeframe should be submitted.

 The following indicative list of activities (not exhaustive) will be funded under the Main 2022 Scheme.

Priority A1 Projects

  • Projects that bring vacant and derelict buildings and sites back into use as multi-purpose spaces. This includes former state owned property that is no longer being used and is made available to the community. Multi-purpose use includes enterprise spaces, arts, tourism, youth hubs and other community uses.
  • 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. Successful applicants who receive funding for remote working facilities will be required to commit to a three year membership of the National Hub Network.

N.B. If you intend to apply for funding to establish a hub (see Appendix 1 for hub classification guide) you will be required to answer additional hub-specific questions. These questions are designed to ensure that there is a sound business case for a new hub. For example, that there is unmet demand for a new hub, that the hub will be sustainable, that the proposed works are feasible and within the capacity of the applicants to deliver both on time and within budget and that the proposed hub is appropriate to local needs.

 Priority A2 Projects

  • Regeneration projects that assist in revitalising our rural towns and villages, in line with the Town Centre First Policy, through planned and sustainable regeneration and development projects that will drive greater economic activity and footfall, address vacancy and dereliction and ensure the re-use of heritage and other existing buildings; 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.

(Footpath development/improvement projects or similar will not be supported as these can be financed by Local Authorities directly or through the Active Travel Investment Programme.)

  • New build community centres (where there is a clearly identified and defined need in a town or village that cannot be met with an existing premises).

(Refurbishment / Renovation works to existing community centres should be applied for under the DRCD Community Centre Investment Fund)

  • Projects to develop parks, plazas, public outdoor dining spaces, green spaces (including allotments and community gardens) and recreational spaces/amenities (to include outdoor sports facilities such as skate parks, basketball courts, tennis courts, etc.) in town centres to make them vibrant hubs for community enjoyment, and to increase footfall for local businesses. Only applications for funding for public or community owned or leased properties and/or lands will be considered. Projects must be located in the town or village centre.
  • 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.

 All projects funded under the main Measure must be in a position to commence as soon as approval is granted and must be capable of being delivered in a realistic timeframe i.e. within a 12 to 18 month period. For the Building Acquisition Measure all funding must be drawn down by 11th November 2022.

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