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The Town & Village Renewal Scheme, funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, is part of a package of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland. 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. The maximum grant available in 2021 will increase to €500,000 to permit projects of additional scale to be funded. Projects that support the economic and social recovery of our towns and villages in response to COVID-19 will continue to be supported.
The 2021 scheme will be targeted at two categories of Towns/Villages as follows:
- Category 1: Towns and villages with a population of up to 5,000
- Category 2: Towns with a population of 5,001 to 10,000
- Larger towns with a population of up to 15,000 people may be eligible where the application is of a high quality and outlines a strong need for the investment, good value for money and positive outcomes that will have a substantial impact on the town. The inclusion of these towns is being introduced on a trial basis in 2021 and will be reviewed
The primary focus of the scheme will be on villages and towns with a population of up to 5,000 (Category 1). These towns/villages will receive at least 60% of funding available.
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.
In light of the ongoing challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the maximum grant level has been set at 90% of the total cost of a project under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The remaining 10% match funding must be contributed by the Local Authority and/or the community and/or Philanthropic contributions – this can take the form of 5% cash contribution (minimum level) and 5% in-kind contribution (maximum level).
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
- 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.
All Expressions of Interest should be received no later than 4pm on Friday 4th June 2021, by post or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information, including the Scheme Outlines and Expression of Interest application form can be downloaded above or please contact: Town and Village Renewal Scheme, c/o Elaine Moore, Community Development Section, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Email email@example.com telephone 057 8664107.
All applications will be subject to a selection process using national criteria. Selected expression of interest applications will be developed into detailed bids for consideration for the 2021 Town & Village Renewal Scheme. Please note Expressions of Interest applications and follow up bids may or may not receive funding.