Thursday, 7 November 2019
Department of Rural and Community Development
Town and Village Renewal Scheme
200. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if there is an appeal system for the town and village renewal scheme or a process for reviewing shortfalls in an application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45916/19]
The 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme was launched in April of this year and Local Authorities were invited to submit up to 12 applications each for consideration by my Department. There was a strong level of interest in the scheme and 309 applications in total were received for available funding of €15 million.
Unfortunately, it was not possible to support all of the applicants within the budget available to me. However, on 31st October, I announced details of 156 projects that have been approved for funding under the 2019 scheme.
The selection of projects was by means of a competitive process and details of the marking scheme were made available to the Local Authorities at the outset.
While there is no formal appeals system in place for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, my officials are available to provide feedback on any unsuccessful application to the Local Authorities.