Town and Village Renewal

 

Streetscape Enhancement

A new Streetscape Enhancement Measure has been announced as part of ‘Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025.’ 
 
The aim of the scheme is to support the upgrade and enhancement of street facades and shopfronts. The scheme is open to applications in respect of commercial premises, residential or unoccupied buildings.
 

Eligible Areas:

The Streetscape Enhancement scheme will apply to the following areas in County Cavan in 2021:
 
• Ballyjamesduff – Granard Street, Chapel Street, Market Street, Main Street, Dublin Street, Stradone Street
• Belturbet – Bridge Street (Upper & Lower), Butler Street, Main Street
• Cootehill – Market Street, Bridge Street
 

Eligible Works:

Eligible works under the scheme include the following:
 
• Replacement of existing shopfront with traditional painted wooden shopfront OR contemporary design
(max €4,000 grant per building)
• Replacement of signage with traditional wooden fascia with wooden/hand painted lettering OR
contemporary design (max €4,000 grant per building)
• Decluttering of shopfronts, e.g., removal of redundant wiring/poles/signs (max €2,000 grant per building)
• Painting of building/shopfront, colours to be pre-agreed with Cavan County Council (max €1,500 grant
per building)
• Murals which are agreed in advance with Cavan County Council (max €1,500 grant per building)
• Green enhancement of entrances/terraces with planting (max €500 grant per building)
• Careful illumination and lighting of architectural features of buildings (max €4,000 grant per building)
 
The maximum overall grant for any one building is €8,000
 

Grant Rates:

The grant scheme is at 70% grant rate in the case of an individual property or 80% where there are 3 or more adjacent properties. 100% grant aid may be available where painting is undertaken by direct labour by the applicant.
 

Timelines:

Cavan County Council is seeking applications by 4pm on Thursday 2nd September 2021.
 
Applications will be assessed, and successful applicants will be notified by September 21st, 2021.
 
All works must be completed NO LATER than November 5th, 2021.
 
Scheme outline, application forms and terms and conditions are available to download at the link below or may be requested by email to dmcenerney@cavancoco.ie.
Completed applications for the scheme should be returned to:
Mr. John Donohoe, Community, Enterprise and Tourism Department, Cavan County Council, Farnham St, Cavan, or emailed to dmcenerney@cavancoco.ie or borourke@cavancoco.ie
 

Town and Village Renewal

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2021

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2021 has recently been launched by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD.

The Town & Village Renewal Scheme provides funding for projects that support our towns and villages to become more attractive and sustainable. The 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme will place particular emphasis on projects supporting remote working and enhancing town centre living as outlined in “Our Rural Future - Rural Development Policy 2021-2025”. The scheme supports a broad range of strategic proposals which encourage more people to return confidently to town and village centres to work, shop and socialise.

Focus of the 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme

  • Projects that bring vacant and derelict buildings and sites back into use as multi-purpose spaces.
  • Projects that bring vacant properties in Town Centres back into use as Remote Working Hubs.
  • Projects to support the upgrade and enhancement of shopfronts and street facades in towns and villages, including murals in town centres.
  • Projects to develop parks, green spaces and recreational amenities in town centres.
  • Projects that support and enhance the night-time economy.
  • Regeneration projects that support active and vibrant town and village centres.

 

Further details

For further details download scheme outline and Expression of Interest form at links below:

Download scheme outline (PDF, 865kb)

Download Expression of Interest (EOI) form (Word doc, 325kb)

Download the 'Our Rural Future' Policy

Categories of Towns

The 2021 scheme will be targeted at two categories of Towns/Villages as follows:

Category 1: Towns and villages with a population of up to 5,000 people.

Category 2: Towns with a population of 5,001 to 10,000 people.

Larger towns with a population of up to 15,000 people may be eligible where the application is of a high quality and outlines a strong need for the investment, good value for money and positive outcomes that will have a substantial impact on the town.

Grant Level 

The minimum grant which is available is €20,000 and the maximum is generally €250,000.  In addition, funding of €500,000 will be considered for a small number of projects to permit projects of additional scale to be funded. 

A New Project Development Measure is available for funding up to €50,000 for the development costs for one strategic large-scale project that may be subsequently progressed with funding from the Town & Village Renewal Scheme e.g., detailed design, preparation for the planning and/or procurement, appropriate assessment etc.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now being sought for projects to be considered for funding. EOIs will be assessed based on the priorities as contained in the Scheme Outline and preferably linked to actions outlined in the County Cavan Town and Village Revitalisation Plans where relevant.  After the closing date, proposals will be selected for development into detailed applications which will be submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Closing date for receipt of applications by Cavan County Council is 4pm on Friday 28th May 2021. 

Completed EOIs for the scheme should be returned to:

Mr John Donohoe, Community, Enterprise and Tourism Department, Cavan County Council, Farnham St, Cavan or emailed to borourke@cavancoco.ie