Rural development: More than 169 million euros spent in 2021

The Department for Rural and Community Development spent €169 million on rural development programs in 2021, according to its annual report last year.

The report was released today (Friday August 12) by Minister Heather Humphreys.

It provides a review of the range of policies, programs and initiatives developed and implemented by the Department in 2021.

The department oversaw a total of €344 million in 2021, of which €169 million was spent on the Rural Development Investment Programme.

This program includes the LEADER program; the towns and villages renovation project; the local improvement program; the outdoor recreation program; and the CLÁR program (Ceantair Laga Árd Riachtanais).

The Regeneration and Rural Development Fund also continued last year, disbursing €84.5 million for 25 projects across the country.

Other departmental spending last year included €171 million provided to communities through programs such as the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Program (SICAP); the community service program; the Seniors Alert Scheme, library development; and support for the community and voluntary sector.

The department also released the “Our Rural Future” development policy for 2021 to 2025 in March last year.

Speaking this morning, Minister Humphreys said: “Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the work of my department has helped support communities across the country, ensuring that vital services continue to operate. be provided to vulnerable groups.

“I am proud to see the positive impacts that my department’s programs and programs are having in cities and towns,” she added.

“It is one of the youngest government departments. Yet through our various projects and programmes, as well as our ‘Our Rural Future’ rural development policy, we are revitalizing rural communities and making rural Ireland a better place to live, work and raise a family. »

The publication of the 2021 report follows an announcement this week that the department would make €1 million available to improve the quality of more than 400 walking paths.

The funding was announced Wednesday August 10 by Minister Humphreys.

Under this initiative, grants of €1,000 to €3,000 will be awarded to 175 community groups responsible for running trails across rural Ireland.

Funding is targeted to 446 walking trails. Community groups will be able to use the grants to maintain and improve their local trail and promote its use to visitors.

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