The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has today launched the second call for proposals under the Government’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund as part of Project Ireland 2040.
Under Project Ireland 2040, the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development, will provide €1 billion in investment over 10 years to support the renewal of small towns, villages and outlying rural areas.
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Projects in Mayo which were allocated funding under the first call included:
• GAA's Centre of Excellence in Bekan
• 8 Enterprise and Digital Hubs
• Redevelopment of Ballinrobe
• Digital Working Hub in Swinford
• Major upgrade of Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park
Seed funding was also allocated to develop:
• A Dark Sky Planetarium in Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park
• A cycle network from Leenaun to Mayo/Sligo border
• The Lost Treasures Trail from Westport to Cong
• A Geopark in Joyce Country and Western Lakes area
This second call for proposals will focus on Category 1 capital regeneration projects which are ready to commence. Through a competitive process the Fund will support collaborative projects in rural settlements of less than 10,000, with funding available of at least €500,000.
The closing date for the receipt of proposals is 12 noon on Tuesday, 6 August 2019. Applications can be submitted electronically on the official Application Form, which is available on the website of the Department of Rural and Community Development. It is anticipated that successful projects will be announced in October 2019.
Full details of the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, along with the Application Form, are available on the Department of Rural and Community Development website, at https://drcd.gov.ie/about/rural/rural-regeneration-development-fund/