Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2022
Following on from the announcement by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, of the launch of the 2022 Town and Village Renewal Scheme please now find documents relating to the 2022 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Following the launch of Our Rural Future, and subsequently the Town Centre First Policy, there has been some amendments to the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Our Rural Future will see increased investment out to 2025 in remote working infrastructure to provide an opportunity for people to continue to live in rural communities while following their career ambitions. It will also see continued investment to support town centre living. It will ensure cross government investment to support rural towns and villages as hubs of economic and social activity.
Changes to the Town and Village Renewal Scheme for 2022:
For the 2022 Scheme, the minimum grant which is available is €20,000. The maximum level of grant funding available is remaining at €500,000 in respect of one application from each Local Authority. A maximum of €250,000 will apply in respect of 5 applications.
1 application must be in respect of Towns/Villages that have not previously received funding under the Standard Town and Village Renewal Scheme in the last 3 years.
Expressions of Interest:
As in previous years, Local Authorities are required to advertise for expressions of interest from towns/villages in their area and to select up to 9 proposals for development into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department.
Project Development Measure:
The Project Development Measure (up to €50,000) was introduced on a trial basis last year. This year Local Authorities can submit up to 2 applications under the PDM.
Rate of Aid:
The rate of Aid for projects for this year will remain at 90% in recognition of the challenging environment for raising financial contributions.
Categories of Towns:
Larger towns with a population of up to 15,000 people may be eligible under certain circumstances.
Following the launch of Our Rural Future, and the subsequent Town Centre First Policy, TVRS objectives are being refocused to align with commitments within these Policies. The 2022 Scheme will prioritise tackling vacancy and dereliction in towns and villages. Other projects which will be welcomed include regeneration projects that support active and vibrant town or village centres, remote working, upgrading shopfronts and street facades, and green spaces and parks, etc.