Connected Hubs Fund

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has launched a new €5 million fund to support the development of Ireland’s first national network of remote working hubs.

The Connected Hubs Fund will provide funding to expand existing hub facilities, providing additional hot desks, office spaces and meeting rooms for remote working.

The minimum grant is available per hub or Broadband Connection Point is €10,000.

Where an applicant is applying for funding for a project solely related to an individual hub or BCP the maximum DRCD funding allowed will be €75,000.

The funding may be used to install electric car charging points, upgrade disability access and improve IT facilities located within hubs or Broadband Connection Points (BCPs).

It will also assist in making existing hubs more compliant with social distancing guidelines.

The Connected Hubs Fund will support the key objectives of ‘Our Rural Future’, the Government’s ambitious new five-year policy for rural Ireland.

‘Our Rural Future’ recognises hubs and BCPs as ideal locations for people to work remotely, as well as acting as key economic assets for towns and villages. This fund is a central part of the Government’s strategy to create a nationwide network of hubs that will be accessible via an online app.

Register your Interest

Applicants are asked to register their intention to apply to this scheme by the 28th of May 2021. This should be done by email to rdi@drcd.gov.ie. Emails should contain the subject line ‘Intention to Apply: Connected Hubs Call’.

 

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 17th June 2021.

Downloads

For scheme guidelines and application form, see the links below: