Minister Humphreys announced second tranche of rural Towns and Villages to receive COVID-19 adaptation supports

  • 120 additional towns and villages to benefit from €3.3 million
  • Funding to help communities shop, socialise and work safely during COVID-19
  • 226 projects have now benefited from Town and Village Renewal Scheme since July

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Friday, 11 September 2020) announced details of the projects that have been approved for funding under the second round of the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme that supports towns and villages to respond and adapt to COVID-19.

The focus of the funding is on measures and interventions that help towns and villages to adapt to social distancing requirements and to provide safe environments that encourage people into towns and villages to shop and socialise.

In the latest allocation of funding by Minister Humphreys, €3.3 million has been approved for 120 projects countrywide.

This is in addition to the €2.8 million that was announced under Round 1 of the scheme in August.

Examples of the successful projects being funded under the latest allocations include:

  • Cavan: Creation of outdoor meeting and event space at Ballyconnell Market Square;
  • Cork: Purchase of stage and amplification equipment for hosting medium scale events and concerts in West Cork;
  • Donegal: Establishment of outdoor food market in Donegal town;
  • Laois: Converting car parking spaces into outdoor spaces (parklets) for public seating and dining, as well as the enhancement of other central areas in Stradbally with landscaping and street furniture;
  • Tipperary: Repurposing eight community buildings throughout the county to facilitate Broadband Connection Points and remote working.
  • Mayo: The creation of three covered outdoor spaces for community based exercise classes and other community events in Belmullet and Westport.

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