The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) is a commitment of €1 billion by government to be invested in rural Ireland over the period 2019 to 2027.
The purpose of the fund is to 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 has been allocated to the fund on a phased basis over the period 2019 to 2022.
Objective of the fund
The fund is supporting 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 is being awarded through a competitive bid process.
Proposals are being 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 must be a State funded body, but collaboration with the private sector is 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 is being 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 Third Call for Category 1 applications (capital projects ready to commence on the date of application) is now open.
Rural Regeneration and Development Fund Booklet - June 2020
This third call for applications under the Fund invites proposals under Category 1-capital projects which are ready to commence at the date of application.
The closing date for the receipt of proposals is 12 noon, on Tuesday 1st December 2020.
Category 1 are RRDF projects which are ready to commence with the necessary consents (e.g. planning/Part 8, environmental, wildlife, archaeological etc.) in place, are at an advanced stage of design, satisfy the requirements of the Public Spending Code, and are procurement-ready.
To view a presentation on the applications and appraisal process for the Second Call of the fund, click here.
You can find more information about the applications process here.