May 23, 2018

Deadline approaching for Town and Villages Scheme funding applications

Leitrim Observer Reporter


Leitrim Observer Reporter

The deadline is fast approaching for Expressions of Interest under the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

The Scheme is an initiative under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural Potential, and the recently announced Project Ireland 2040, and is designed to help rural Ireland achieve its full economic and social potential. It is part of a package of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland.

€ 15m has been allocated nationally for 2018. Projects must commence this year and be completed by end of 2019.
There are 2 categories of towns eligible to apply – 1.) towns and villages with population of 5000 or less and 2.) towns and villages with populations of 5001 to 10000. (Population based on Census 2016 data.).
Expressions of interest will be assessed by the Local Authority. Up to 12 may be selected to proceed to application which will be developed in conjunction with the local authority.
Only 1 application per town but this can include linked components that support town/village rejuvenation.
Final applications will be assessed by the Department of Rural & Community Development. In order to have nationwide spread, efforts ill be made to select at least 4 projects per county.
Applications should be submitted to Leitrim County Council by 4pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
For full details, including selection criteria, see here.