Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (442)

Shane Cassells


442. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if there are plans for a 2020 town and village renewal scheme; if so, when details will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40808/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is a key initiative under the Action Plan for Rural Development and forms part of a range of measures to support rural Ireland under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme.

Since the scheme was introduced in 2016, almost €53 million has been approved for more than 670 projects across the country.

I launched the 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme last April, with a closing date for receipt of applications of 28th June 2019. Over 300 applications for funding were received from the Local Authorities. My officials are currently assessing all of the applications received and the successful applicants will be announced shortly when the assessment process is fully completed.

Funding in respect of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme or next year will be considered as part of the 2020 Estimates process.