Town and Village Renewal

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2021

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2021 has recently been launched by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD.

The Town & Village Renewal Scheme provides funding for projects that support our towns and villages to become more attractive and sustainable. The 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme will place particular emphasis on projects supporting remote working and enhancing town centre living as outlined in “Our Rural Future - Rural Development Policy 2021-2025”. The scheme supports a broad range of strategic proposals which encourage more people to return confidently to town and village centres to work, shop and socialise.

Focus of the 2021 Town and Village Renewal Scheme

  • Projects that bring vacant and derelict buildings and sites back into use as multi-purpose spaces.
  • Projects that bring vacant properties in Town Centres back into use as Remote Working Hubs.
  • Projects to support the upgrade and enhancement of shopfronts and street facades in towns and villages, including murals in town centres.
  • Projects to develop parks, green spaces and recreational amenities in town centres.
  • Projects that support and enhance the night-time economy.
  • Regeneration projects that support active and vibrant town and village centres.


Further details

For further details download scheme outline and Expression of Interest form at links below:

Download scheme outline (PDF, 865kb)

Download Expression of Interest (EOI) form (Word doc, 325kb)

Download the 'Our Rural Future' Policy

Categories of Towns

The 2021 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.

Larger towns with a population of up to 15,000 people may be eligible where the application is of a high quality and outlines a strong need for the investment, good value for money and positive outcomes that will have a substantial impact on the town.

Grant Level 

The minimum grant which is available is €20,000 and the maximum is generally €250,000.  In addition, funding of €500,000 will be considered for a small number of projects to permit projects of additional scale to be funded. 

A New Project Development Measure is available for funding up to €50,000 for the development costs for one strategic large-scale project that may be subsequently progressed with funding from the Town & Village Renewal Scheme e.g., detailed design, preparation for the planning and/or procurement, appropriate assessment etc.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now being sought for projects to be considered for funding. EOIs will be assessed based on the priorities as contained in the Scheme Outline and preferably linked to actions outlined in the County Cavan Town and Village Revitalisation Plans where relevant.  After the closing date, proposals will be selected for development into detailed applications which will be submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Closing date for receipt of applications by Cavan County Council is 4pm on Friday 28th May 2021. 

Completed EOIs for the scheme should be returned to:

Mr John Donohoe, Community, Enterprise and Tourism Department, Cavan County Council, Farnham St, Cavan or emailed to