Scheme can help transform towns and villages

Anglers fly fishing on Lough Lein, Killarney: Innovative marketing campaigns can attract remote workers to the county.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

KERRY County Council has been urged to apply for funding for projects to help revitalise towns and villages in the county after Covid-19.

Deputy Government Chief Whip and Kerry TD, Brendan Griffin, highlighted the fact that the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has made €15 million available through The Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is administered through the local authority which is required to work with local communities and businesses to develop and implement proposals.

“I would encourage Kerry County Council to submit their project ideas to make a positive and long-lasting impact on our towns and villages,” Deputy Griffin said.

Deputy Brendan Griffin

Measures that will be supported by the scheme include:

  • Tackling dereliction in town centres
  • Turning vacant properties into remote working and community spaces
  • Supporting Kerry County Council to run innovative marketing campaigns targeted at attracting remote workers to the county.
  • Investing in green spaces, parks and recreational amenities
  • Upgrading and improving shop fronts and streetscapes on main streets
  • Projects that support and enhance the night time economy and add vibrancy to town centres

The closing date for the submission of applications is July 16. The previous maximum grant of €200,000 has been increased to €500,000 under this year’s scheme so that projects of scale can be supported.