Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2020
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an initiative under the Government's Action Plan for Rural Development 'Realising our Rural Potential'.
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is now closed to applications for 2020.
The focus of the 2020 scheme is on projects that aim to promote the economic and social recovery of a town or village in response to COVID-19 under either (1) or (2) below.
- Strand 1: As has been the case in previous years, the standard scheme will provide funding of up to €200,000 for a broad range of strategic proposals to support towns and villages. However, the 2020 scheme will, in particular, support projects and strategic interventions that place a particular emphasis on the economic and social recovery of towns and villages in response to COVID-19.This might include public realm projects to make towns and villages more accessible in the context of COVID-19 public health requirements, or supports for projects with a direct economic component such as enterprise hubs or remote working solutions.
- Strand 2 (Accelerated Measure): In addition, a new standalone "Accelerated Measure" is being introduced under the scheme that will provide accelerated support for towns and villages to adapt to public health requirements such as social distancing in the short term, and to encourage increased footfall in towns and villages as they re-open for business. The "Accelerated Measure" will include a simplified application and approval process to enable smaller projects which are part of a response to COVID-19 to be approved and delivered quickly. The Measure will provide funding of up to €25,000 per project, increasing to €40,000 for higher impact projects. Projects under this category must be completed within a 6 month timeframe and have the potential to deliver immediate results.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest for 2020 is now closed. Applications received will be assessed based on the priorities as contained in the scheme outlines (normal and accelerated measure).
- Under (1) above, 6 eligible proposals will be selected for development into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development as part of a national competitive process.
- Under (2) above, 10 eligible projects will be selected for development into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development as part of a national competitive process. There are 2 separate funding rounds under strand (2) with a maximum of 5 applications for each application round.
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