Friday, April 14, 2017

'Put thinking cap on' for Town & Village Renewal Scheme

A programme of funding the Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2017 will shortly be open for expressions of interest by communities in South Kildare, writes Brian Byrne.

The funding will be available through KIldare County Council, for projects that help to support rural regeneration and boost local economic activity.

The funding comes from the Rural and Regional Affairs office, where Minister Heather Humphries recently confirmed the availability of €20m for the scheme. This is twice the amount given in the previous scheme.

Encouraging local communities to develop ideas in advance of applications opening, Deputy Martin Heydon noted that projects which have already benefited include the Tanyard in Ballitore, the upgrade of Emily Square Athy (above), and an investment for Kildare town centre as well as landscape developments in Timolin and Ballymore Eustace.

"These are all valuable and worthwhile projects in these rural towns," he said, adding that he is prepared to work through the application process with any group.

He said every Kildare town and village should 'get the thinking caps' on and think where funding could be utilised in their community.