Town & Village Renewal Scheme

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an initiative under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural Potential, and is part of a package of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland. Vibrant towns and villages are at the heart of our rural communities and can play an important role in revitalising rural Ireland. In 2016, the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys T.D., launched a new Town and Village Renewal Scheme, with funding of €10 million, to start the process of rejuvenating Ireland’s rural towns and villages to make them more attractive places in which to live and work, and to increase their tourism potential.

As part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, an enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme for 2017 will again focus on improving the economic development of our rural towns and villages and will be run in two phases:

Phase 1, which is the focus of this document, is the main scheme concentrating on projects to enhance and develop towns and villages socially, economically and culturally.

Phase 2 will involve a pilot to encourage residential occupancy in rural towns and villages. This phase will be launched in the second half of 2017. Projects under Phase 1 will be required to commence in 2017 and be completed by the middle of 2018. A total of €20 million will be approved for projects in 2017, with up to 50% of this available for draw-down in 2017 and the balance available for draw-down in 2018.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme will be funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and will be administered through the Local Authorities.

Local Authorities will be required to advertise for expressions of interest from towns/villages in their area and will select up to 15 proposals for development into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department. Selection of projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme for 2017 will be by means of a competitive process. Final project selection will be made by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, on the basis of proposals submitted by the Local Authorities. Applications must be submitted by 30th June 2017.

For further details see this page or contact: townvillagerenewal@waterfordcouncil.ie