Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey is encouraging communities throughout the county to apply for a share of the €15 million in funding available through this year’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Over the next 15 months, up to 200 towns and villages throughout the country will benefit from funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which is specifically targeted at communities with populations of less than 10,000.
Commenting on the new scheme, Deputy Carey said, “I want local organisations to work with Clare County Council in preparing innovative and well thought-out projects for inclusion in the scheme and I look forward to the announcement of the successful recipients of funding in the coming months.”
As chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Rural and Community Affairs, Deputy Carey said he is well aware that the towns and villages of rural Ireland are the heart and soul of rural communities, therefore it is crucial that these areas are revitalised.
He added, “I know our local businesses and local communities will work hard to develop and implement ideas with Clare County Council that can make a real and sustainable impact in revitalising rural towns and villages across the country.
“In order to avail of funding through the scheme, Clare County Council will be required to advertise for expressions of interest from towns and villages and will select proposals for development into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department by the end of June.
“The final project selection will be made in July by the Department of Rural and Community Development and successful projects should get underway by the end of the year.”
Deputy Carey stated that this year’s scheme will focus on measures which have a clear economic impact on rural towns and villages, to make them vibrant, welcoming centres for people to live and work and meet at a social level.”
Now in its third year, the latest Town and Village Renewal Scheme was launched by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring and is specifically aimed at rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000.
The scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.