Town and Village Renewal Scheme 

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme forms an important part of the Action Plan for Rural Development and has the potential to stimulate economic recovery and job creation in towns and villages across rural Ireland.

This scheme was introduced in the second half of 2016 to support the revitalisation of rural towns and villages in order to improve the living and working environment and to increase their potential to support increased economic activity.   The scheme is specifically focused on rural towns and villages with a population of 10,000 or less.

Since 2016, the Department of Rural and Community Development has invested €31.6m in over 450 projects in rural towns and villages across rural Ireland.  Successful projects include activities which have a clear positive economic impact on their town or village.  These projects demonstrate close collaboration between local communities and business interests in their design and delivery and must have the support of the Local Authority.

Under the 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme funding of €21.6 million was approved for 281 projects in rural towns and villages countrywide.  A number of projects approved under the 2017 scheme focus on the development of enterprise centres and digital hubs which will have a positive impact on local economies.

A further round of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme was launched in April of this year, with an allocation of €15 million.  The closing date for the submission of applications to the Department was 30th June and it is anticipated that up to 200 further projects will be approved arising from this call for proposals. These projects will be completed over a 12 to 18 month period. The submitted applications are currently being assessed by the Department.


All small towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000 qualify for funding. 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 is being allocated to Local Authorities to meet up to 80% of the total cost of each project.

Contact Details for Town and Village Renewal Scheme Enquiries

County Name E-Mail Address
Carlow County Council Bernie O’Brien
Carlow County Council Kieran Comerford
Cavan County Council Eoin Doyle
Clare County Council Leonard Cleary
Cork City Council Pat Ledwidge
Cork City Council Valerie O’Sullivan
Cork County Council Sharon Corcoran
Donegal County Council Paddy Doherty
Dublin City Council Brendan Kenny
Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council Dearbhla Lawson
Fingal County Council Ann Marie Farrelly
Fingal County Council Ethna Felten
Galway City Council Eileen Ruane
Galway County Council
Kerry County Council Michael Scannell
Kildare County Council Peter Minnock
Kildare County Council Sonia Kavanagh
Kilkenny County Council Simon Walton
Kilkenny County Council Maria Melia
Kilkenny County Council Martin Prendiville
Laois County Council Kieran Kehoe
Laois County Council Michael Rainey
Laois County Council Ann Marie Kelly
Leitrim County Council Michelle Reynolds
Leitrim County Council Terence McGovern
Limerick City & County Council Pat Daly
Longford County Council Barbara Heslin
Longford County Council Lorraine O’Connor
Louth County Council Mary T Daly
Mayo County Council Joanne Grehan
Mayo County Council Peter Hynes
Meath County Council Barry Lynch
Monaghan County Council Paul Clifford
Offaly County Council Declan Kirrane
Roscommon County Council
Sligo County Council Dorothy Clarke
Sligo County Council Michael Carty
Sligo County Council Ray O’Grady
South Dublin County Council Billy Coman
South Dublin County Council Colm Ward
South Dublin County Council Frank Nevin
Tipperary County Council Sinead Carr
Tipperary County Council
Waterford City & County Council Joe Sullivan
Waterford City & County Council Lar Power
Waterford City & County Council Michael Quinn
Waterford City & County Council
Westmeath County Council Barry Kehoe
Wexford County Council Tony Larkin
Wicklow County Council Joe Lane
Wicklow County Council Lorraine Lynch


The CLÁR programme (Ceantair Laga Ard-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme which provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered the greatest levels of population decline. The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas by attracting people to live and work there.  The funding works in conjunction with local funding and on the basis of locally identified priorities.

Parts of Counties which benefit  under the  CLÁR Programme  are: Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wicklow and all of County Leitrim. Three  counties Dublin, Kildare and Wexford do not have any CLÁR areas.

CLAR map of Ireland


Michael Ring TD, The Minister for Rural and Community Development, announced details of the CLÁR programme for 2019 on 28 February 2019, which includes new measures to support rural communities. CLÁR provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline. The programme is part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme.

The measures being funded under the 2019 CLÁR programme are:

Measure 1:       Support for Schools/Community Safety measures
Measure 2:      Play Areas (including Multi-Use Games Areas)
Measure 3:      Community Wellbeing Supports (new in 2019), comprising:

  • First Response Support
  • Mobility and Cancer Care Transport
  • Sensory Gardens