Monday, 12 September 2016

Town and Village Renewal Scheme deadline fast approaching.

Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins this week is reminding community groups throughout the county that applications for funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme for Rural Ireland must be submitted on or before Friday 14th September to Roscommon County Council.

Senator Hopkins stated that “up to €380,000 is available to Roscommon County Council.  These grants will cover up to 85% of the cost of a project. The engagement of the local community where possible is a key component of the scheme. I am happy that Minister Heather Humphries has included this measure in the scheme because I firmly believe the success of these projects depends on the involvement of local people in communities working together.”

According to the Senator, “the scheme really focusses on developments that have the potential to increase the attractiveness of our towns and villages as good places for people to live, work, visit and raise families”.

Senator Hopkins concluded, "As Seanad Spokesperson with responsibility for Regional and Rural development, I intend to do all I can to prioritise the need for greater supports being made available to our communities in rural areas”.

This Renewal Scheme is only the start of our work to ensure that all the regions feel the benefit of the economic recovery. I will work hard alongside relevant officials and groups to ensure this scheme encourages and supports projects with value that have a strong positive impact in our rural communities. It is critical that continued emphasis and funding be made available to our rural communities in the upcoming budget”.

For this current scheme, I am strongly encouraging community groups to apply for funding before this Friday’s deadline.”