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
|Carlow County Council||Bernie O’Brienfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Carlow County Council||Kieran Comerfordemail@example.com|
|Cavan County Council||Eoin Doylefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Clare County Council||Leonard Clearyemail@example.com|
|Cork City Council||Pat Ledwidgefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cork City Council||Valerie O’Sullivan||Valerie_osullivan@corkcity.ie|
|Cork County Council||Sharon Corcoranemail@example.com|
|Donegal County Council||Paddy Dohertyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dublin City Council||Brendan Kennyemail@example.com|
|Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council||Dearbhla Lawsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fingal County Council||Ann Marie Farrellyemail@example.com|
|Fingal County Council||Ethna Felten||Ethna.Felten@fingal.ie|
|Galway City Council||Eileen Ruanefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Galway County Councilemail@example.com|
|Kerry County Council||Michael Scannellfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kildare County Council||Peter Minnockemail@example.com|
|Kildare County Council||Sonia Kavanaghfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kilkenny County Council||Simon Waltonemail@example.com|
|Kilkenny County Council||Maria Meliafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kilkenny County Council||Martin Prendivilleemail@example.com|
|Laois County Council||Kieran Kehoefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Laois County Council||Michael Raineyemail@example.com|
|Laois County Council||Ann Marie Kellyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Leitrim County Council||Michelle Reynoldsemail@example.com|
|Leitrim County Council||Terence McGovernfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Limerick City & County Council||Pat Dalyemail@example.com|
|Longford County Council||Barbara Heslinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Longford County Council||Lorraine O’Connoremail@example.com|
|Louth County Council||Mary T Dalyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mayo County Council||Joanne Grehan||Joanne.Grehan@mayococo.ie|
|Mayo County Council||Peter Hynesemail@example.com|
|Meath County Council||Barry Lynchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Monaghan County Council||Paul Cliffordemail@example.com|
|Offaly County Council||Declan Kirranefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Roscommon County Councilemail@example.com|
|Sligo County Council||Dorothy Clarkefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sligo County Council||Michael Cartyemail@example.com|
|Sligo County Council||Ray O’Gradyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|South Dublin County Council||Billy Comanemail@example.com|
|South Dublin County Council||Colm Wardfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|South Dublin County Council||Frank Nevinemail@example.com|
|Tipperary County Council||Sinead Carrfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tipperary County Councilemail@example.com|
|Waterford City & County Council||Joe Sullivanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Waterford City & County Council||Lar Poweremail@example.com|
|Waterford City & County Council||Michael Quinnfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Waterford City & County Councilemail@example.com|
|Westmeath County Council||Barry Kehoefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wexford County Council||Tony Larkin||Tony.Larkin@wexfordcoco.ie|
|Wicklow County Council||Joe Laneemail@example.com|
|Wicklow County Council||Lorraine Lynchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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.
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