The fund will provide opportunities to revitalise rural Ireland, make significant impacts on rural communities, and address de-population. Funding will be awarded through a competitive bid process, based on the objectives in the National Planning Framework.
Targeted action is needed to support the regeneration of towns and villages. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme
covers a range of projects to support and promote rural areas. The projects that receive funding will be decided by local authorities, businesses and communities.
involves villages, towns and cities being rated on all aspects of their local environment.
Enterprise and Employment
Future employment opportunities in rural areas will require measures to support rural entrepreneurship.
It is home to many successful businesses, from ambitious start-ups to established multinationals.
The Atlantic Economic Corridor aims to:
grow an entrepreneurial and innovation culture
encourage infrastructural investment
attract foreign direct investment
support Irish companies with global ambitions
Under the LEADER Rural Development Programme,
€250 million in grant aid is available to rural communities and businesses. This is provided to projects focused on economic and enterprise development, job creation, social inclusion and supporting the rural environment. Funding is allocated to 28 sub-regional areas based on administrative or county boundaries.
The Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais, or CLÁR,
is an investment programme for small-scale infrastructural projects in depopulated rural areas. CLÁR supports the development of identified areas by attracting people to live and work there.
The Walks Scheme also pays maintenance fees to landowners with National Waymarked Ways on their property. The Funding for Outdoor Recreation Facilities
provides funding for trails, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor playground equipment.
The Local Improvement Scheme
provides funding for improvements to private and non-publicly maintained roads. Such roads can lead to multiple residences, farmland or amenities like lakes, rivers or beaches.
Delivering high speed broadband to every citizen and business in Ireland is the remit of the National Broadband Plan
(NBP). The Regional Telecommunications Development Unit is tasked with clearing any local barriers and identifying priority areas.