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 & 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 Town and Village Renewal 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. The Scheme is 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 (e.g. development of Enterprise Hubs, Hot Desk Facilities, Digital Hubs, Creative Hubs, training facilities)
- Integrated approaches to developing individual sectors within the town and/or its environs (e.g. artisan food hubs, craft hubs)
- Projects which demonstrate collaboration between town centre businesses and the surrounding area to produce economic benefit
- Tourism initiatives
- Enhancement of heritage and/or other community assets
- Town safety and accessibility enhancements
- Provision/enhancement of leisure facilities (e.g. Town Parks, 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. Please check the Council’s website (www.wicklow.ie) for the details and criteria of the scheme.
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 & Village Renewal Scheme, to: Office of Community & Enterprise, Wicklow County Council, Station Road, Wicklow town or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 12 noon on 24th May 2019.