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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.

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.

Rural Regeneration and Development Fund Second Call for Category 2 Applications Information Booklet


RRDF Booklet - April 2019

This second call for applications under the Fund invites proposals under Category 1-capital projects which are ready to commence at the date of application.


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 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 Second Call for applications for funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund for Category 2 (project development) is now open. The closing date for applications for Category 2 proposals is 28th February 2020 at 12pm.

Please see application form here:

Rural Regeneration and Development Fund Second Call 2019 - Category 2 Application Form


To view presentation slides for Category 2 applications as well as feedback information on Category 1 applications, please click here.

The Second call for Category 1 applications is closed. A list of all successful Category 1 projects is available here.

To view a presentation on the applications and appraisal process for the Second Call of the fund, click here.

Further information

You can find more information about the applications process here.

If you require further information please email rrdf@drcd.gov.ie