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Launch of the Designated Urban Centres Grants Scheme 2014 - 2020

Published on Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015

Launch of the Designated Urban Centres Grants Scheme 2014 - 2020


Paudie Coffey TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government today (Monday, 27th July) launched the Designated Urban Centres Grants Scheme 2014 – 2020, in conjunction with the Southern Regional Assembly and the Northern and Western Regional Assembly. The launch, which took place at the House of Waterford Crystal, set out how the Scheme will enable investments in Irish urban centres to the order of €80 million for the period 2014-2020. It will involve European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding of approximately €40 million and matching funding from the local authorities.

Minister Coffey who holds Special Responsibility for Housing, Planning and Coordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy, said “There is a strong correlation between healthy and vibrant urban centres and the creation of an attractive environment and enterprise development within the wider region. Strong urban centres enable their regions to realise their potential in attractiveness for business investment for Foreign Direct Investment for talent and for tourism and to create conducive and attractive locations for investment and for people to live and work in”

The Minister added “This investment in sustainable urban development recognises our cities and towns as the engines of the regional economy. This scheme will provide grant assistance to designated local authorities for urban capital projects. I call on local authorities, in the designated Gateways and Hubs, to avail of this opportunity for ERDF assistance that is being made available for sustainable urban development in their areas”.

This ERDF co-funded grants scheme seeks specifically to increase the number of integrated regeneration initiatives to improve the urban environment and revitalise Irish urban areas. It makes available a new round of capital grant assistance for designated urban centres to submit capital projects which fit with their integrated strategies to tackle the social, economic, environmental, climate and demographic challenges affecting them. The objective of this Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme is to contribute to improvement in the development potential of Irish urban centres by investing in, and enhancing their economic, social and environmental conditions. 

Note for Editors

A pilot Gateways and Hubs Grants scheme to administer urban renewal projects was introduced under the 2007-2013 Regional Programme. This model is being retained to operate the new Designated Urban Centres Grant Scheme.


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