Town & Village Renewal 2020
Kilkenny County Council is inviting Expressions of Interest for the 2020 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
The 2020 Town and Village Renewal Scheme will operate on the same basis as has been delivered in recent years, albeit with a particular focus on projects delivering an economic dividend and enabling towns and villages to respond to COVID-19 challenges. The scheme will also continue to support public-realm type activities and the enhancement of town centre, amenities, particularly where this aids the economic and/or social recovery of a town or village.
All projects must be in a position to commence as soon as approval is granted and must be capable of being delivered in a realistic timeframe i.e. within a 12 to 18 month period. Where possible, it is advisable that any relevant planning permissions, surveys or studies are in place prior to the submission of an application so as to ensure that there is no delay in the commencement of the project.
Categories of Towns
The 2020 scheme will be targeted at two categories of Towns/Villages as follows:
Category 1: Towns and villages with a population of up to 5,000 people.
Category 2: Towns with a population of 5,001 to 10,000 people.
Types of activities which can be supported
Projects funded under the 2020 Scheme must demonstrate a clear benefit and visible impact for the town/village concerned. Only proposals that are capable of being delivered within a realistic timeframe should be submitted. The following indicative list of activities (not exhaustive) will be eligible:
- Projects that can respond to COVID-19 challenges and aid the economic and social recovery over the medium term.
- The development of initiatives to encourage town centre living.
- Initiatives which attract increased footfall to the town/village, including those associated with tourism activities.
- Repurposing of existing buildings in town or village centres to facilitate remote working and/or other community use.
- Branding and promotion of the town/village to attract new customers and/or business investment.
- Town safety and accessibility enhancements.
- Car parking improvements expressly designed to encourage increased footfall in town centres.
- Projects that support improvements of Broadband Connection Points (BCPs), and enterprise and remote working hub facilities, to address factors contributing to low occupancy rates.
- Provision/enhancement of local recreational facilities (e.g. Town Parks, walking trails linked to the town/village).
- Enhancement of streetscape and town environment.
- Shop/House front enhancement (especially if done in parallel with other Local Authority Schemes focused on such improvements).
- Conducting/commissioning of Town/Village health checks.
- Targeted actions to tackle minor deficiencies in access, services, site development works and other small infrastructural works that may be needed to support town centre enhancement, including housing and/or commercial development and which form part of an overall plan to enhance the town centre.
- Enhancement of heritage and/or other community assets including through energy efficiency measures.
- Development of quality marks, such as Purple Flag, Heritage Town, etc.
Types of activities which will not be supported
- Where the Local Authority is aware of difficulties in obtaining the appropriate planning permission or other permissions/leases necessary for the successful delivery of the project.
- Support for a single private enterprise - projects that collectively assist private enterprises within a town or village are acceptable
- Purchase of land or property.
- Incomplete projects - Phases of projects are acceptable but the project must be operational after completion of each phase funded.
- Ongoing operational costs.
- Projects that don't demonstrate consultation with community.
- Projects that are more appropriate for funding under CLÁR, the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS), the Outdoor Rural Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) or the RRDF.
The indicative budget for this portion of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is €10 million.
As a once off measure, in recognition of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the maximum grant level has been increased to 90% of the total cost of a project under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The remaining 10% match funding must be contributed by the Local Authority and/or the community and/or Philanthropic contributions - this can take the form of 5% cash contribution (minimum level) and 5% in-kind contribution (maximum level).
Kilkenny County Council will develop a number of proposals with town/village groups into detailed applications to be submitted to the Department.
The Department of Rural & Community Development will assess these proposals and will approve the best projects nationally for funding, depending on the quality of the projects and the level of funding sought. The assessment is by means of a competitive process.
Expression of Interest Forms and full details of the scheme are available from the Council's website www.kilkennycoco.ie or from Cora Nolan, Community Section, Kilkenny County Council 056 7794931, Community@kilkennycoco.ie
Deadline for Expressions of interest
1st July, 2020 at 5.00 p.m.
Download Expression of Interest form here: 2020 TV Expression of Interest form.docx (size 297.1 KB)
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