Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (278)

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

278. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding opportunities or grants that are available to tidy towns committees in order to improve their local area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20765/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

2018 is a very special year for the SuperValu TidyTowns Competition as it marks the 60th Anniversary of what has been a very successful Government initiative. The work done by the TidyTowns committees down through the years has played an important part in the improvement of the appearance of our villages, towns and cities around the country.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the competition, I allocated funding in excess of €1.3 million to over 900 TidyTowns Committees at the end of 2017 to assist them in their preparations for the 2018 competition.

While this grant was provided on a once-off basis, my Department administers a number of funding schemes including the LEADER programme and the Town and Village Renewal Scheme which may also support elements of the work of TidyTowns Committees. Details of all available schemes can be found on my Department's website at www.drcd.gov.ie