September 30, 2020
Business News

First Waterford towns and villages to benefit from Covid support funding

Four Waterford towns and villages have received €140,000 in new funding to help them to adapt in the wake of the pandemic.

They are among 106 towns and villages across the country that will benefit immediately from €2.8 million in funding under the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Dunmore East (pictured), Kilmacthomas, Lismore and Tallow are among 106 towns and villages across the country that will benefit immediately from €2.8 million in funding under the enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

The local projects that will benefit from the initial tranche of funding worth €140,000 are:

*Countywide: The creation of a visitor experience development plan and a Visitor App (€40,000);
*Dunmore East: Creation of an online platform and shopping portal for the town of Dunmore East as well as amenity seating and heritage signage (€25,000);
*Kilmacthomas: Online shopping platform for local business, farmers market and landscaping (€25,000);
*Lismore: Creation of an online platform for local retailers and businesses; painting project, seating, fencing and planting (€25,000);
*Tallow: Creation of an online platform for local retailers and businesses; painting project, seating, fencing and planting (€25,000).

Waterford Senator John Cummins welcomed the funding, which he described as “fantastic news” for Dunmore East, Kilmacthomas, Lismore and Tallow.

Senator Cummins (pictured below) said: “I’m delighted to see Waterford City and County Council get the highest allocation of funding nationally, alongside Sligo and Kildare. This is testament to the innovative ideas being put forward for funding. I’m particularly impressed by the proposal to develop a countywide visitor attraction app. I think it is very timely and will allow us to showcase all that we have to offer across our beautiful county.”

“I’m particularly pleased for Tallow, Lismore, Kilmacthomas and Dunmore East, but equally I am looking forward to further announcements in the coming months for other towns and villages across Waterford. Today’s announcement is just €2.8m out of a total fund of €25million”.

Minister for Community and Rural Development, Heather Humphreys, added: “Local Authorities throughout the country have been developing creative and innovative proposals to increase footfall and assist businesses in our rural towns and villages.

“This tranche of funding announced today is part of an enhanced €25 million Town and Village Scheme which will continue to rejuvenate rural communities across Ireland.

“Further approvals under this hugely popular scheme will follow in a series of funding rounds that will be announced in the coming weeks. I expect that up to 500 towns and villages will be supported this year under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.”

 

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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