The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced the Town and Village Renewal Scheme (TVRS) 2022 to support small to medium capital projects which enhance the environment of town or village centres. Grant funding for projects will range from €20,000 to €500,000.
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 place particular emphasis on projects that bring vacant and derelict buildings and sites back into use as multi-purpose spaces in line with the objectives of “Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025” The Town and Village Scheme will support these objectives and will encourage more people to return confidently to town and village centres to work, shop and socialise.
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.
The 2022 scheme will be targeted at two categories of Towns/Villages as follows:
- Category 1: Towns and villages with a population of up to 5,000 people.
- Category 2: Towns with a population of 5,001 to 10,000 people.
- Larger towns with a population of up to 15,000 people may be eligible where the application is of a high quality and outlines a strong need for the investment, good value for money and positive outcomes that will have a substantial impact on the town.
The primary focus of the scheme will be on villages and towns with a population of up to 5,000 (Category 1). These towns/villages will receive at least 60% of funding available.
For the 2022 Scheme, the minimum grant which is available is €20,000. The maximum level of grant funding available is €500,000 in respect of one application from each Local Authority. A maximum of €250,000 will apply in respect of 5 applications.
Project Development Measure
The Project Development Measure (up to €50,000) is being included again this year, with Local Authorities now able to submit 2 applications under the measure.
The Project Development Measure is similar in nature to Category 2 projects under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF). The purpose of this Measure is to assist Local Authorities to contribute to a pipeline of significant, well developed projects which might be subsequently progressed to construction stage, subject to the availability of further funding. It is proposed that applications would involve:
• Development costs for one strategic large-scale project, per application, that may be subsequently progressed with funding from the TVRS e.g. detailed design, preparation for the planning and/or procurement, appropriate assessment etc.
• Funding of up to €50,000 at a 90% rate of aid
• Maximum of two proposals to be submitted by any Local Authority (increased from 1 last year)
The approval of funding under this category does not automatically guarantee future support under the TVRS for delivery of the emerging project – the resulting projects will need to be submitted as normal under the competitive TVRS process.
Further information, including the Scheme Outline and Expression of Interest forms can be downloaded from https://monaghan.ie/communitydevelopment/category/grantsfunding-schemes/ or by contacting Aisling Kierans, Community Development Section, Monaghan County Council – email email@example.com or by telephone on 047 73707.
All Expressions of Interest should be received no later than 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 21 June 2022 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org