Huge opportunities to develop our towns & rural areas as funding schemes open for applications – Naughten

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Denis Naughten is calling on local communities to look at innovative ways to bring people into their community as well as enhancing amenities for local people. This follows the opening this week of five different funds which can support local employment.


Earlier this morning Minister Michael Ring sought applications under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme which provides communities with funding for the for the development of amenities throughout the area which will improve local areas and attract more visitors to our region.


This funding will be made available to promote a local walk or cycleway; to develop local walks or cycleway; and to develop larger walks or cycleways that could attract visitors to the area. More information is available


This announcement comes on top of the seeking of expressions of interests for the Just Transition Fund to develop both community and private sector projects across the midland counties, including Roscommon & East Galway, that can help support & create jobs. More information is available from


Earlier this week Minister Ring announced the opening of applications for the Town & Village Renewal Scheme which focuses on interventions that support the economic and social recovery of our rural towns and villages. Applications for funding under this programme must be submitted through the County Council. There is also a new strand of funding under this scheme that will support accelerated interventions that can be delivered in the short-term to assist towns and villages to adapt to COVID-19. Further information is available

This scheme will dove tail with an initiative by Minister Shane Ross and the National Transport Authority (NTA), which is offering County Councils technical and financial support to review their current street arrangements in order to address the new circumstances arising from social distancing requirements and altered travel patterns. This provides huge opportunity to remodel our towns and how we access them. Those with suggestions should make direct contact with the local County Council.


These two schemes are like the funding stream announced recently under the Clár programme for enhancement of community recreation areas. Other funding streams under this programme include measures to support community initiatives such as meals on wheels, transport for cancer patients and improved pedestrian safety especially around schools. See more at

“There is now an opportunity for communities to come together and to develop a range of local amenities and improve the visitor experience in our towns, villages and rural areas to retain current employment and provide new opportunities for job creation. I would therefore encourage communities to look to these schemes to see how they can support their local area to recover from the Covid crisis,” concluded Denis