Louth County Council will for the first time be able to apply for funding for projects in Dundalk and Drogheda towns as part of an expanded Town and Village Renewal Scheme was was announced on Wednesday by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys.
For the first time, towns across Ireland with a population of over 10,0000 will be able to apply for funding, with this year’s scheme specifically supporting Covid-19 related measures. Dundalk and Drogheda are among 41 towns in Ireland with a population of over that figure that can now apply for such funding.
The larger towns can apply for funding of up to €40,000 to increase footfall and social activity in towns and address social distancing measures that we all now face as a result of Covid-19.
Applications for funding must be submitted to the Department by Louth County Council by August 28, meaning local authorities now have just eight days to submit their funding proposals.
The Town and Village Renewal Scheme has boosted to the tune of €10 million earlier this month as part of the government’s stimulus package, with €25 million now being made available to council’s throughout the country.
Last month, the first tranche of funding – €2.8 million – was approved for 106 projects in smaller towns and villages throughout the country, including three in Louth in Clogherhead, Carlingford and Ardee.
Carlingford received €40,000 for the provision of cafe style outdoor furniture, seating, parasols and traffic segregation in key areas of the town and activation plan for town in order to increase footfall. Ardee received €25,000 which will support businesses, voluntary organisations and sports groups in Ardee to develop an active online presence, including online platform, website development, training, mentoring and promotion.
Meanwhile, Clogherhead also received €25,000 for the rejuvenation of the village business district with shop front improvements such as painting and signage.
The Town & Village Renewal Scheme provides funding for projects that make towns and villages more attractive and sustainable. The Scheme has previously invested in public-realm projects and the enhancement of town centre amenities, interventions to encourage town centre living and projects that support the economic development of our towns and villages.