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Thursday 20 June 2019

Town and village renewal funding

Community groups with projects for their towns and villages are being invited by Wicklow County Council to apply for funding for their plans.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme will fund projects that support the revitalisation of areas and improve the living and working environment of their communities. The scheme provides up to 80 per cent of the cost of capital projects.

The scheme is an initiative under the Action Plan for Rural Development and is part of a package of national and local support measures to rejuvenate rural towns and villages through the Government's Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme.

It's funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by the Local Authorities.

Proposals seeking to develop initiatives to encourage town centre living will are particularly welcome, as will projects which stimulate economic activity between a town/village and its neighbouring town lands.

The criteria for funding include projects that support entrepreneurship, such as the development of enterprise hubs, hot desk facilities, digital hubs, creative hubs and training facilities, or integrated approaches to developing individual sectors within the town and its environs like artisan food hubs or craft hub.

Also suitable are projects which demonstrate collaboration between town centre businesses and the surrounding area to produce economic benefit.

Other projects which could be deemed eligible could be tourism initiatives, the enhancement of heritage and/or other community assets, town safety and accessibility enhancements and the provision or enhancement of leisure facilities such as town parks or walking trails.

Wicklow County Council is also encouraging proposals which have clear positive impacts on a town or village in terms of place-making and town centre regeneration.

Any group working on a project, or has a plan or an idea that would come under the criteria for this funding, please send a completed Expression of Interest Form, clearly marked Town and Village Renewal Scheme, to: Office of Community and Enterprise, Wicklow County Council, Station Road, Wicklow town or Email: townandvillage@wicklowcoco.ie.

The closing date for receipt is 12 noon on May 24.

Wicklow People

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