The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has announced a €1.4 million grant scheme to mark 60th anniversary of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition next year. Minister Ring made the announcement at the SuperValu TidyTowns award ceremony for the North West and West region in Westport, Co Mayo today. This scheme will allow each local committee to apply for a grant of between €1000 and €4000 to support the work they do.
In announcing the grant Minister Ring said: “This €1.4 million investment by the Government will directly support the local TidyTowns groups that bring out the best in our towns and villages. 2018 sees the 60th anniversary of SuperValu TidyTowns and this grant scheme is recognition from the Government of the huge contribution made by citizens in their own communities.
“The SuperValu TidyTowns competition has made our country a better place to live in and to visit. The work is carried out on a voluntary basis and we all benefit from it. This investment by the Government will further enhance our towns and villages and represents great value for money.”
“This investment is a further sign of the Government’s commitment to supporting our towns and villages. In October I announced €21.6 million in funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme which will help revitalise over 280 towns and villages across rural Ireland.
Richard Lennon, SuperValu Regional Manager said: “The allocation of funding by Minister Ring to SuperValu TidyTowns groups around the country in order to further improve their communities is a fitting gesture to mark the 60th anniversary of this competition. I have no doubt that the money will be a huge boost to the groups and will be put to very good use.”
The grant scheme announced today is a once off investment by the Department of Rural and Community Development to mark the 60th anniversary of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition in 2018 and is additional to the support provided by the Department and SuperValu on an ongoing basis.
Interest in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has grown from strength to strength in recent years and with a record 870 communities entering the competition in 2017. The competition has been running since 1958 and is organised by the Department of Rural and Community Development. The competition has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992.
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All applicants, who have applied to enter the competition, in any of the past 3 years will be eligible. Pobal will administer the scheme on behalf of the Department and will contact all eligible groups directly over the coming weeks to facilitate the drawdown of the funding.
Under the scheme villages are eligible to receive €1,000; small towns are eligible to receive €2,000, large towns are eligible to receive €3,000; and large urban centres are eligible to receive €4,000.