Funds of €200,000 for rural towns and villages

Minister Paul Kehoe, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Liz Hore, Enniscorthy District Manager, and local committee member, John Murphy . at the official opening of the Town and Village Scheme at Kiltealy.

Funding of up to €200,000 is available for rural towns and villages across Wexford through the 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
According to Minister Paul Kehoe, the Town and Village Renewal Scheme has become an integral part of the Government’s drive to support rural Ireland.
It provides funding of up to €200,000 for projects that make our towns more attractive places in which to live and work.
The scheme is specifically targeted at rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000.
Minister Kehoe launched the Town and Village Renewal Scheme in Kiltealy on Sunday.
Minister Kehoe told WexfordToday.com; “I strongly encourage towns and villages in Wexford to work with Wexford County Council in preparing innovative and well thought-out projects under the scheme and I look forward to the announcement of the successful recipients of funding in the coming months.
“In order to avail of funding through the scheme, Wexford County Council will be required to advertise for expressions of interest from towns and villages and will select proposals for development into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department by the end of June.
Since the Town and Village Renewal Scheme was introduced in 2016, almost €53 million has been approved for over 670 projects across the country. These projects cover a range of activities, from improving the public realm, to job-creation initiatives such as the development of enterprise hubs and digital hubs.
CATEGORIES OF TOWN/VILLAGES
Two categories of Town/Villages are eligible for support under the scheme:
Category 1: Towns/villages with a population of less than 5,000 people.
Category 2: Towns with a population of 5,000-10,000 people.
At least of 60% of the funding available will be awarded to Category 1 towns and villages.
Successful proposals will 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.
Full details of the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, along with the Application Form, are available on the Department of Rural and Community Development website, at https://drcd.gov.ie/about/rural/rural-regeneration-development-fund/.

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