Speaking in the Dáil I took the opportunity to remind deputies of 3 important schemes for the development of rural and regional towns:
– €15m Town & Village Renewal call that launched last month
– The third call for category 2 applications to the Rural Regeneration & Development fund (deadline July 16th)
– Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Development Feasibility Fund is open to groups looking to scope out and investigate the viability of large scale projects – such as remote working hubs
Minister Damien English and I are progressing with the Regional Enterprise Plans to 2024 which are led in collaboration with local chambers of commerce, local authorities, businesses, institutes and enterprise agencies. It is my firm intention to ensure we have a regionally balanced recovery with solutions specific to each region.
Since the launch of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme in 2016, almost €93 million has been allocated to more than 1,300 projects across Ireland. The Scheme has supported towns and villages the length and breadth of the country.
The 2021 Scheme will place particular emphasis on projects supporting remote working and enhancing town centre living.
The maximum grant available in 2021 will increase to €500,000 to permit projects of additional scale to be funded.
Projects that support the economic and social recovery of our towns and villages in response to COVID-19 will continue to be supported.
If you want any further information or assistance regarding the Development of Rural and Regional Towns please do not hesitate to contact my offices.