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Town and Village Renewal Scheme

Galway Rural Development - Monday, August 22, 2016

This scheme was launched on August 9th. Speaking at the launch of the Rural Town and Village Renewal scheme for 2016 in Clones, Co. Monaghan, Minister Humphreys said: “Rural development is a key priority in the Programme for a Partnership Government.  Ireland’s towns and villages are the heart of our rural communities, but   the economic downturn had a significant impact on many of these towns and villages. It is incumbent on us to help them achieve a recovery.  I am launching the Town and Village Renewal Scheme today to begin breathing life back into our rural towns and villages.  It is critical that towns and villages become areas where economic activity can flourish, where people can live and work, and where people can meet at a social level.”

Minister Humphreys continued: “An allocation of €10 million is being made available by the Government this year for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.   I have more than doubled the allocation for the scheme in my Department’s Vote this year, from €4 million to €10 million, reflecting the Government’s commitment to the development of rural Ireland.  Up to 200 towns and villages right across the country will benefit from the scheme this year.

Consultation and collaboration will be key elements of the scheme.  It will be administered through the Local Authorities, who will be required to partner with local businesses and local communities to develop and implement ideas that can make a real and lasting impact in revitalising rural towns and villages.”

The closing date for completed applications is before September 30th 2016. 

Galway County Council have informed us that "Given the very short lead in time to develop applications the Executive of Galway County Council are looking at the best means to progress the scheme while at the same time giving due consideration to geographical spread and the areas within the county that already have undertaken health checks and local area plans as well as paying cognisance to other Local Authority policy documents such as the Local Economic and Community Plan. Moreover, with the tight timeframe for application submission and delivery, projects that are in an advanced planning stage will be a key feature in any selection process."

Download information about the scheme here:Town and Village Renewal Scheme

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.