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Streetscape Enhancement 2022 - Kilbeggan 

Westmeath County Council have recently launched the Streetscape Enhancement Measure for 2022. This year’s chosen town/village is Kilbeggan. This is an open invitation to local property owners/residents, tidy towns groups and other community groups in the catchment area to identify works they would like to be funded.

The focus of this measure is to support the upgrade and enhancement of the street façades of defined areas of Kilbeggan.  

 

Eligible Works 

  • Green Enhancement of entrances / terraces with planting. (Max Funding €500)
  • Painting of buildings in carefully selected colours which will complement the host building and landscape (Max Funding €3,500)
  • Appropriate illumination and lighting of architectural features of the buildings (Max Funding €4,000)

 Funding of up to 80% of the costs is available for eligible works. Funding must be approved in advance of works being carried out. 

To Submit an Application -  CLICK HERE 

 

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 17th June 2022 at 4pm.  Applications received after this time will not be eligible for this year’s scheme.

 If you or your community group require any assistance, support or general information, please contact the Community Development Section, Westmeath County Council on 044 9332215, 044 9332196 or 044 9332258 or by email at dce@westmeathcoco.ie 

 Businesses wishing to avail of Shopfront Enhancements can contact localenterprise@westmeathcoco.ie

 

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2022                             

Funding is being made available under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme to support the continued regeneration of our rural towns and villages so that they are attractive and vibrant places for people to live and work.
The 2022 Scheme will prioritise tackling vacancy and dereliction in towns and villages, remote working and supporting town centred living. Other projects which will be welcomed include street facades, green spaces, parks, etc.

Westmeath County Council are seeking Expressions of Interest for this Scheme as follows:-

T&V Main Scheme
This measure is looking for projects that:-
• Bring vacant and derelict buildings and sites back into use as multi-purpose spaces. This includes former state owned property that is no longer being used and is made available to the community. Multi-purpose use includes enterprise spaces, arts, tourism, youth hubs and other community uses.

• Projects that bring vacant properties in Town Centres back into use as Remote Working Hubs. This also includes funding for the repurposing of existing community or publicly owned buildings in town or village centres to facilitate remote working. Successful applicants who receive funding for remote working facilities will be required to commit to a three year membership of the National Hub Network.

• Regeneration projects that will drive greater economic activity and footfall, address vacancy and dereliction and ensure the re-use of heritage and other existing buildings; these projects should be identified in town and village masterplans (or similar) developed in collaboration with the local community, businesses and the other relevant stakeholders in the town or village.


• New build community centres (where there is a clearly identified and defined need in a town or village that cannot be met with an existing premises).
(Refurbishment / Renovation works to existing community centres should be applied for under the DRCD Community Centre Investment Fund).


• Projects to develop parks, plazas, public outdoor dining spaces, green spaces (including allotments and community gardens) and recreational spaces/amenities (to include outdoor sports facilities such as skate parks, basketball courts, tennis courts, etc.) in town centres to make them vibrant hubs for community enjoyment, and to increase footfall for local businesses. Only applications for funding for public or community owned or leased properties for a 15 year term and/or lands will be considered. Projects must be located in the town or village centre.

Other Projects that may be supported but of a lower priority under the 2022 scheme include:

• Projects to support the upgrade and enhancement of street facades in towns and villages with a population of less than 15,000 people. Projects will be considered if they add colour and vibrancy to main streets, and build upon the development of plazas and public outdoor dining and recreation spaces as provided for under Priority A2.
• Projects that support and enhance the night-time economy in line with emerging recommendations from the Night-Time Economy Taskforce.
• Enhancement of heritage assets (e.g. local museums/tourism attractions focused on historical aspects of the area, heritage sites/buildings, etc.) located in towns and villages, including energy efficiency measures.

The minimum grant which is available is €20,000. A maximum of €250,000 will apply in respect of 5 applications. The maximum level of grant funding available is €500,000 in respect of one application and 90% rate of aid is available under this measure.

Project Development Measure
The purpose of this Measure is to contribute to projects which might be subsequently progressed to construction stage, subject to the availability of further funding. It is proposed that applications would involve:
• Development costs for one strategic large scale project, that may be subsequently progressed with funding e.g. detailed design, preparation for the planning and/or procurement, appropriate assessment etc.
Funding of up to €50,000 at a 90% rate of aid.

Building Acquisition Measure (BAM)
In recognition of the urgent need to transform and regenerate town centres a new measure to immediately acquire derelict or vacant buildings, with the intention of using these projects for town regeneration purposes in line with the aims of TVRS, is being introduced this year.
Two applications with a combined maximum value of €400,000 is permitted under this measure for the purchase of vacant and derelict buildings for future development as community assets. All such transactions must be completed by 1st November 2022.
Note: This measure has an application deadline of 21st June 2022.

Marketing Campaign Measure
A new Marketing Scheme Measure is being introduced, on a trial basis, to fund marketing campaigns targeted at attracting remote workers and mobile talent to individual counties, in line with the commitments under Our Rural Future. Funding of up to €50,000 at a 90% rate of aid is available under this measure.

 

Expressions of Interest for the  schemes should be submitted ONLINE ONLY. 

SUBMIT AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Closing dates  for completed applications for the Building Acquisition Measure is 21st June 2022.

The Closing date for all other measures is the 1st July 2022.

If you have any queries please contact the Community Development Section, Westmeath County Council at 044 9332215, 044 9332196 or 044 9332258 or by email at dce@westmeathcoco.ie