Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1377)

Tony McLoughlin


1377. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the scoring marks of the unsuccessful applicants to the 2018 rural regeneration scheme for County Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19199/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The first call for applications for the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund closed at the end of September 2019.  €1 billion is committed to the Fund over a 10 year period to support rural economic development and help build strong communities. €315 m is allocated to the Fund for 2019-2022.

Under the first call, 38 Category 1 projects and 46 Category 2 projects were identified as successful, providing €86 m in support for projects worth a total of €117 m.

At the conclusion of the first call, the Department held a Feedback Workshop in Athlone for all applicants with a view to providing helpful information on the outcome of the first call and to provide targeted feedback which would assist in building capacity for future successful applications to the Fund under subsequent calls. I understand that the detailed feedback given to applicants on proposals submitted was well received.

In addition, as communicated to applicants at the workshop, my Department can provide details of completed assessments at the request of individual applicants.  Access to the information you refer to can be obtained by you contacting my Department directly.