Town & Village Renewal Scheme
Town and Village Renewal Scheme (TVRS)
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme supports small to medium capital projects which enhance the environment of town or village centres. Grant funding for projects will range from €20,000 to €500,000.
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme (TVRS) is funded under Project Ireland 2040 as part of Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025 - Our Rural Future and Town Centre First Policy. This Policy will see increased investment out to 2025 in remote working, providing opportunities for people to continue to live in rural communities while following their career ambitions. It will also see continued investment to support town centre living, address vacancy and dereliction, and promote cross government investment supporting rural towns and villages as hubs of economic and social activity.
The maximum grant level has been set at 90% of the total cost of a project under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The remaining 10% match funding must be contributed by the Local Authority and/or the community and/or Philanthropic contributions - this can take the form of 5% cash contribution (minimum level) and 5% in-kind contribution (maximum level).
All projects must be in a position to commence as soon as approval is granted and must be capable of being delivered in a realistic timeframe i.e. within a 12 to 18 month period.
All expenditure under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is subject to the terms of the Public Spending Code http://publicspendingcode.per.gov.ie/
Town and Village Renewal Scheme (TVRS) 2023
Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now sought by Galway County Council, from Business Representative Groups, Community and Voluntary Groups for the Main Town and Village Renewal Scheme and for the Project Development Measure.
Number of Applications that can be shortlisted;
- 5 applications of between €20,000 and €250,000
- 1 application of between €20,000 and €500,000
An additional application can be submitted for an inhabited offshore island for one large scale project of up to €250,000. Therefore, up to 6 applications in total will be accepted.
The 2023 Scheme is designed to support the revitalisation of rural Ireland through a renewed focus on town centre regeneration and enhancing economic and social vibrancy in line with the Town Centre First policy.
This will be achieved through:
- Town Regeneration projects
- Enhancing our streetscapes
- Green spaces / recreational amenities in town or village centres
- Refurbishment of existing community centres
- A new option to allow local authorities to acquire plots of land to enable development of town regeneration, such as town parks, plazas, etc.
- Bringing vacant and derelict buildings/ back into use as multi-purpose or community spaces
- Projects to support town or village centre markets, e.g. farmers markets or artisan markets.
- Town/village centre plaza development
The 2023 Scheme will place particular emphasis on projects that bring economic and social vibrancy to town centres and help bring vacant and derelict buildings and sites back into use as community or multipurpose spaces in line with the objectives of “Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025” and the Town and Village Scheme will support these objectives and will to encourage more people to return confidently to town and village centres to work, shop and socialise.
EOI’s can be submitted online only at https://galwaycountycouncil.tfaforms.net/f/townandvillage2023 and must be received by 5.00pm on September 29th 2023.
Queries may be submitted to the Economic Community & Rural Development Unit, Galway County Council by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 091-378850/091-509396/091-509334.
Further Information: https://www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/01125e-town-and-village-renewal-scheme/