16 May 2018
By Mary Bermingham
Cork South West Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly has today encouraged communities across West Cork to begin working on their applications for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
With some €15 million in funding being made available for rural towns and villages across Ireland through the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme, Minister Daly said, ‘It is important that communities across West Cork to now begin working on their applications for the scheme. Last year we saw communities such as, Schull and district community harbour receive €100,000, Drinagh receive €80,000 for a new street scape and public lighting and the Ludgate in Skibbereen receive €152,000 in funding.’
Over the next 15 months, up to 200 towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000 will benefit from funding under the scheme, which will be made available through Local Authorities to support rural regeneration.
Minister Daly commented further by saying, ‘Up to 80% of the total cost of a project under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme will be provided for any individual project. The minimum grant which is available is €20,000 and the maximum is €100,000. However a higher maximum of €200,000 will be considered for a limited number of projects where an exceptionally strong economic benefit to a town will be seen.
Concluding Minister Daly said, ‘The town and village renewal scheme is an important scheme for communities in West Cork, and as we have seen many projects in West Cork have been successful in their applications. I would like to remind all communities that my office is here to assistance them in preparing their applications.