Government announces first 106 villages and towns to receive Covid-19 supports 1 month ago

Government announces first 106 villages and towns to receive Covid-19 supports

Is your town on the list?

The Department of Rural and Community Development has today published the list of the first 106 towns and villages to receive money from the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

It was announced as part of last month's Covid-19 stimulus package that an additional €10million would be made available through the scheme. As part of today's tranche of funding, €2.8million has been divvied up between the 106 villages and towns on today's list, which comes out at an average of €26,415 per village - although a specific breakdown of money received by each village is available.

For example, €40,000 has been granted to Ballinalsoe in Galway for the purposes of "support for a shop local campaign, promotional signage, Christmas festival experience and a Parklet Pilot scheme, which will provide additional seating for traders."

The same sum has been granted to Kildare Town in order to "remove existing car-parking spaces in the Market Square to facilitate social distancing, recreational use by the community and, outdoor eating and queueing of patrons for
businesses on the square."

A full list of the towns and villages that have received money through this grant, as well as their plans for the money, can be found here.

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said: " Local Authorities throughout the country have been developing creative and innovative proposals to increase footfall and assist businesses in our rural towns and villages. 

"This tranche of funding announced today is part of an enhanced €25 million Town and Village Scheme which will continue to rejuvenate rural communities across Ireland."