Wicklow County Council is delighted to announced that the 2022 Town and Village Renewal Scheme is open for applications. The Scheme aims to tackle dereliction and vacancies in towns and villages while supporting town centre living.
The Town and Village Scheme objectives are being refocused to align with commitments within ‘Our Rural Future – Rural Development Policy 2021-2025’.
The 2022 Scheme will prioritise the objectives of this policy such as tackling vacancy in towns and villages, remote working and supporting town centre living. Other projects which will be welcomed include regeneration projects that support active and vibrant town or village centres, upgrading shopfronts and street facades, and green spaces and parks.
Speaking of the launch of the scheme, the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Shay Cullen said: “This Town and Village regeneration scheme represents a fantastic opportunity for communities in the county to turn their visions into reality for their areas. I urge people to get involved and to take advantage of this funding opportunity.”
Measures that will be supported by the 2022 Town and Village Renewal Scheme include (but are not limited to) include:
- Tackling dereliction in town centres
- Turning vacant properties into remote working and multi-use community spaces
- Investing in town centre living
- Investing in amenities to make town centre living more attractive
- Upgrading and improving shop fronts and streetscapes on Main Streets
- Projects that support and enhance the nighttime economy and add vibrancy to town centres
- Enhancement of heritage assets
- Marketing campaigns aimed at attracting remote workers, mobile talent, new customers, or businesses.
For the 2022 Scheme, the minimum grant which is available is €20,000. The maximum level of grant funding available is being raised to €500,000, which is restricted to one per county. A maximum of €250,000 will apply in respect of five applications. We particularly welcome applications from Towns/Villages that have not previously received funding under the Standard Town & Village Renewal Scheme.
Only projects that are capable of being delivered within an eighteen-month timeframe can apply.
Project Development Measure:
A new Project Development Measure (up to €50,000) is being continued this year. This Measure funds the preparation work needed to progress a project to shovel ready stage. Local Authorities can submit up to 2 applications under the PDM.
Marketing Campaign Measure
A new Marketing Scheme Measure (up to €50,000) is being introduced, on a trial basis, to fund marketing campaigns targeted at attracting remote workers and mobile talent to individual counties, in line with the commitments under Our Rural Future.
Rate of Aid:
The rate of Aid for projects (excluding the BAM) for this year will remain at 90% in recognition of the challenging environment for raising financial contributions.
How to apply:
As in previous years, in order to apply, community groups must fill out an Expression of Interest form which should be submitted to Wicklow County Council. Selection of projects is a competitive process. Seven Expressions of Interest will be selected by the local authority for development into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department. All Expressions of Interest will be assessed based on the priorities contained in the Scheme Outlines (available on www.wicklow.ie).
The closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is Friday 1st July at 12 noon.
Expressions of Interest forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org