Updated: 16/05/18 : 06:20:43Printable Version
Local communities and council urged to collaborate on Renewal Funding applications
Some €15 million in funding will be available for rural towns and villages across Ireland through the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, a Fine Gael Local Area Representative has said.
Over the next 15 months, up to 200 towns and villages throughout the country- including Sligo - will benefit from funding under the scheme, which will be made available through Local Authorities to support rural regeneration.
The scheme is specifically targeted at rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000. Thomas Walsh said: “This funding will benefit up to 200 towns and villages right across Ireland including here in Sligo.
“The towns and villages of rural Ireland are the heart and soul of our rural communities and it is crucial that we revitalise these areas.
“Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring, has allocated €15 million for the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme. “The scheme will again be administered in Sligo through Sligo County Council.
“I want to encourage towns and villages in Sligo to work with Sligo County Council in preparing innovative and well thought-out projects under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and I look forward to the announcement of the successful recipients of funding in the coming months.
“I know our local businesses and local communities will work hard to develop and implement ideas with Sligo County Council that can make a real and sustainable impact in revitalising rural towns and villages across the country.“In order to avail of funding through the scheme, Sligo County Council will be required to advertise for expressions of interest from towns and villages and will select proposals for development into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department by the end of June.
“The final project selection will be made in July by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Successful projects will be expected to commence by year-end and can run throughout 2019.”
Minister Michael Ring said: “This funding builds on the success of the Government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme over the last two years, which has already seen over €30 million awarded to over 450 projects the length and breadth of Ireland. “This year’s scheme will focus on measures which have a clear economic impact on rural towns and villages, to make them vibrant, welcoming centres for people to live and work and meet at a social level.”
The Government’s commitment to supporting rural Ireland is further underscored through the National Development Plan which will see the creation of a new Rural Regeneration and Development Fund which will be launched in the coming months by Minister Ring.