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Policy Information

Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

Published: 29 November 2018
From: Department of Rural and Community Development


The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund is a commitment of €1 billion by government to be invested in rural Ireland over the period 2019 to 2027.

It will support job creation in rural areas, address de-population of rural communities and support improvements in our towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000, and outlying areas.

Initial funding of €315 million is being allocated to the fund on a phased basis over the period 2019 to 2022.

Rural Regeneration Fund Information Booklet

Scheme Outline and Information Booklet.


2nd call FAQs

A list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Second Call for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.


Objective of the fund

The purpose of the fund is to support coordinated and integrated projects between government departments, State agencies, local authorities, other public bodies, communities and, where appropriate, philanthropic funders and/or the private sector, which will have an impact on sustainable economic and social development in rural areas.

Funding will be awarded through a competitive bid process.


Proposals will be invited from Local Authorities, and other locally/regionally based organisations, such as Local Development Companies, as well as Government Departments and State Agencies. For the purpose of accountability and oversight, the lead partner of all projects will be a State funded body, but collaboration with the private sector will be encouraged.

Proposals may be made in respect of towns with populations of 10,000 or fewer and their outlying areas. A limited number of specified towns with a population of 10,000 or fewer will be eligible for support under the Urban Regeneration Fund which will be operated by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; however, funding will only be provided under one fund for any particular project.

A list of the funded projects to date is available here.

How to apply

* The second call for applications under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund is now open.

You can find more information about the applications process here.

A list of the funded projects to date is available here.

If you require further information email rrdf@drc.gov.ie

The closing date for applications is 6th August 2019.

Upcoming RRDF events

An information session for the second call of the fund will take place on Wednesday, 3 July 2019 at 10am in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone.

Please email rrdf@drcd.gov.ie if you wish to attend.