Minister Joe O’Brien encourages interest from Fingal for Category 2 applications to the €1 Billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

14th May, 2021

Minister Joe O’Brien (Green Party)

Dublin Fingal

14th May 2021

 

Minister Joe O’Brien encourages interest from Fingal for Category 2 applications to the €1 Billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

 

  • Funding to support landmark regeneration projects that will transform Rural Ireland
  • Communities urged to put forward projects that will drive economic growth, combat dereliction and breathe new life into town centres
  • Strong focus on converting old buildings into remote working facilities and attracting people back to rural towns and villages 

 

Minister Joe O’Brien, TD has welcomed the third call for Category 2 applications to the €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.   This Fund will support landmark regeneration projects across the country that will breathe new life into rural towns and villages.   He is encouraging communities in Fingal to put forward projects that will drive economic growth and footfall, combat dereliction, regenerate town centre and heritage buildings, develop pedestrian zones and outdoor spaces and make rural regions in Fingal more attractive places to live, work and raise a family.

There will also be a strong focus on developing remote working facilities such as digital and enterprise communities, as well as e-learning, cultural and community spaces.

The €1 billion Fund is part of his Department’s Rural Development Investment Programme, which is funded under Project Ireland 2040.

Projects that will be funded under Category 2 are those that require significant development before they reach the stage of being shovel ready.

Commenting on this funding Minister O’Brien said:

We are seeking large-scale, ambitious projects which require development support to enable them to become ready to compete for full capital funding under Category 1 of the Fund.

We want to see new projects which match our ambition for rural areas – delivering sustainable growth, greater activity and innovative approaches to revitalising our rural towns and villages.

We also want to see projects that will address dereliction and support the Government’s desire to make remote working a permanent fixture in the lives of tens of thousands of our citizens.

This Fund represents a once in a generation opportunity – I along with my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys urge you all to be bold and be ambitious with your proposals.”

I encourage our partners, stakeholders and rural communities to work together to avail of this wonderful opportunity.

 

ENDS