The Town and Village Renewal Scheme was first introduced in 2016. It is managed on behalf of the Department by the local authorities, and the programme is funded under Project Ireland 2040. The Scheme is targeted at towns and villages with a population of 10,000 or less and all projects funded under the Scheme must be completed within a 12 to 18 month period.
The Town and Village Scheme is one of a series of national and local support measures designed to rejuvenate small rural towns and villages throughout Ireland, under the Department of Rural & Community Development’s Rural Development Investment Programme
The 2022 Town and Village Renewal Scheme
The 2022 Town and Village Renewal Scheme will place particular emphasis on projects addressing vacancy and dereliction as outlined in Our Rural Future - Rural Development Policy 2021-2025.
The scheme will also prioritise regeneration of town centres, parks and green spaces, and remote working. The Scheme will support these objectives and will encourage more people to return confidently to town and village centres to work, shop and socialise.
The priorities of the 2022 Town and Village Renewal Scheme include:
Projects that bring vacant and derelict buildings and sites back into use as multi-purpose spaces.
Projects that bring vacant properties in town centres back into use as remote working hubs. This includes funding for the repurposing of existing community or publicly owned buildings in town or village centres to facilitate remote working.
The minimum grant is available is €20,000. The maximum grant available is €500,000. The maximum grant available was increased in 2021 in order to align the scheme with the type of projects and level of ambition identified in “Our Rural Future”.
In recognition of the urgent need to transform and regenerate town centres a new measure to immediately acquire derelict or vacant buildings, with the intention of using these projects for town regeneration purposes in line with the aims of TCRS, is being introduced for 2022. Local authorities can apply for up to €400,000 for up to 2 buildings. This measure is now closed
Project Development Measure
The Project Development Measure (up to €50,000) will support Development costs for strategic large scale projects that may be subsequently progressed with funding from the Town & Village Renewal Scheme e.g. detailed design, preparation for the planning and/or procurement, appropriate assessment etc.
Marketing Scheme Measure
A new Marketing Scheme Measure (up to €50,000) is being introduced, on a trial basis, to fund marketing campaigns targeted at attracting remote workers and mobile talent to individual counties, in line with the commitments under Our Rural Future.
Application closing date
The 2022 Town and Village Renewal Scheme deadline for applications is 22nd July 2022.
Expressions of interest should be submitted through your Local Authority.
The Building Acquisition Measure is now closed
Previously funded under Town and Village Renewal Scheme