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€760,000 set to be pumped into villages and small towns in Carlow and Kilkenny

The Minister for Arts, Gaelteacht and rural affairs Heather Humphreys has announced the €10m national fund today.

The Village Renewal schemes have to be allocated by the local County Councils by the end of the year so the local authorities will need to come up with proposals their respective September meetings.

Total funding of €10 million in Capital funding will be provided by the Government in 2016 for the Town and Village Renewal scheme.   An allocation of €380,000 will be available in each of the 26 counties for Town and Village renewal projects.

There are two categories of eligible Towns/Villages:

Category 1:  Towns/villages with a population <5,000.

Category 2:  Towns with a population of 5,000 – 10,000.

Funding will be allocated to Local Authorities to meet up to 85% of the total cost of each project.

Each county can apply for grants for up to 8 separate towns/village projects and submit outline plans to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in September for approval.

To ensure a focus on smaller towns/villages, at least 50% of the project proposals and at least 50% of the value of funding sought at county level should be for Category 1 towns/villages (<5,000 population).  A maximum of two Category 2 town proposals will be funded for each county under this Phase of the scheme.

Funding will be released to Local Authorities once projects are approved by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The maximum grant for any single project is €100,000. 

This Phase of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme will be reviewed and adapted as necessary for 2017.

Types of activities which can be supported

Measures which are taken under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme should have a sustainable and visible impact on the town/village. The type of projects to be funded under the scheme could include measure to:

  • increase the attractiveness of the town or village as a local commercial and social centre, and increase its sustainability as a place in which to live and work
  • enhance its environment and amenity in the interests of residents, businesses and visitors;
  • enhance the culture and local heritage assets of the town/village and promote tourism;
  • tackle minor physical infrastructural deficits and land assembly issues.

Full details of the scheme will be made available to Local Authorities in the coming days.

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