Three funding schemes as part of a co-ordinated package of supports under the Rural Development Investment Programme
are now open to applications. Between them, these schemes will provide €30m of funding under Project Ireland 2040
to support the social and economic recovery of rural communities over the coming months.
A new Measure under the €5 million CLÁR
programme will fund the development of community recreation areas where friends and families can socialise outdoors in safe, accessible, community spaces. Funding will continue for community and school safety measures, while the Community Wellbeing element of the CLÁR programme will this year also support Meals on Wheels and linked services.
Town and Village Renewal Scheme
The €15m Town and Village Renewal Scheme
will place a particular focus on supporting projects that will aid the economic and social recovery of towns and villages.
An Accelerated Measure
within the Scheme aims to expedite the delivery of projects that address the short-term challenges of increasing footfall in rural villages and towns, and assisting local businesses / communities to adapt to public health requirements, particularly social distancing in the short term and to help encourage increased footfall in our towns and villages as we re-open society and business. This Accelerated Measure provides Local Authorities with flexibility to design and deliver solutions to the challenges introduced by COVID-19 based on the situation pertaining in their own area. These solutions can be tailored to individual towns/villages or an individual project might provide the same solution for a number of towns/villages. Innovative and novel solutions are encouraged.
Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme
The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme
will invest €10m in facilities that are being used by ever growing numbers. As well as providing a local amenity, they also have an important economic function. For instance, funding allocated for local greenways, blueways and walking trails will help support activity tourism and the many thousands of local jobs which the sector provides.
The Department of Rural and Community Development’s Rural Development Investment Programme includes a number of integrated funding interventions: