Sunday 22 September 2019

Towns and villages to get €4k boost under new Tidy Towns scheme

Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring Picture: Steve Humphreys
Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring Picture: Steve Humphreys

Niall O'Connor

TOWNS and villages will be provided with special grants of up to €4,000 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Towns competition.

Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring today announced that €1.4m will be set aside to support the work carried out by Tidy Towns committees.

All applicants, who have applied to enter the competition, in any of the past 3 years will be eligible. Pobal will administer the scheme on behalf of the Department and will contact all eligible groups directly over the coming weeks to facilitate the drawdown of the funding.

Under the scheme villages are eligible to receive €1,000; small towns are eligible to receive €2,000; large towns are eligible to receive €3,000; and large urban centres are eligible to receive €4,000.

Mr Ring made the announcement at the Supervalu TidyTowns award ceremony for the North West and West region, which was held in Westport, Co Mayo.

“The SuperValu Tidy Towns competition has made our country a better place to live in and to visit. The work is carried out on a voluntary basis and we all benefit from it. This investment by the Government will further enhance our towns and villages and represents great value for money,” Mr Ring said.

“This investment is a further sign of the Government’s commitment to supporting our towns and villages. In October I announced €21.6 million in funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme which will help revitalise over 280 towns and villages across rural Ireland,” he added.

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