I propose to take Questions Nos. 22 and 48 together.
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme has a budget of €25 million this year, following the allocation of an additional €10 million to the scheme as part of the Government’s July Stimulus Package.
The scheme was adapted this year to assist towns and villages to respond to the impact of COVID-19. In addition to the standard Measure, the scheme also included three rounds of funding under an Accelerated Measure to support smaller scale projects that could be delivered immediately to assist towns and villages in adapting to challenges presented by the pandemic.
This particular Measure is now closed and, in total, I have announced funding of €10.4 million for 363 projects across the three funding rounds of the Accelerated Measure. Details of the projects approved are available on the Gov.ie website at https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/0012f5-town-and-village-renewal-scheme/ .
Applications under the standard Measure of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which will focus on assisting towns and villages to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in the medium-term, are currently being assessed. This Measure has a budget of €15 million, and the successful projects will be announced when the assessment process is complete.