‘Realising our Rural Potential’ with Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019


Great opportunity for any communities who may have a project in mind to develop/improve their area.  

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 scheme is specifically targeted at rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000. Applications from towns can range from €20,000 to a maximum of €100,000.  Funding of up to €200,000 will also be considered for a limited number of projects which can deliver exceptionally strong economic benefit to a town and its outlying areas.

Laois County Council is now accepting expressions of interest from towns and villages in Laois that will focus on projects that enhance and develop their areas socially, economically and culturally.  All expressions of interest must be made on the ‘Expressions of Interest’ application form.

Projects which have clear positive and sustainable impacts on a town or village in terms of place-making and town centre regeneration, or which stimulate economic activity between a town/village and its neighbouring townlands, will be particularly welcome, as will proposals seeking to develop initiatives to encourage town centre living.

Projects which demonstrate leveraging of, or linkages with, other schemes operated by Government Departments or agencies (e.g. in the areas of heritage, arts, culture, tourism, re-use of vacant premises, vacant sites, energy efficiency schemes, etc.) will also be encouraged.

All Expressions of Interest should be received by Friday 17th May 2019 (4pm).  Further information including the Scheme Outline and Expression of Interest application form are available via links below.

Queries and/or to return your completed form, please contact:

  • Town and Village Renewal Scheme, c/o Pamela Tynan, Community Development Section, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Or
  • Email dce@laoiscoco.ie  or

Closing date for ‘Expression of Interest’ is Friday 17th May 2019 (4pm).

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 2019 Town & Village Renewal Scheme.  Please note Expressions of Interest applications and follow up bids may or may not receive funding.

TVRS 2019 Expression of Interest Form

and 2019 T&V Scheme Outline