Minister Ring announces €1.4 million scheme
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has announced a €1.4 million grant scheme to mark the 60th anniversary of the SuperValu TidyTowns competition next year. Minister Ring made the announcement at the SuperValu TidyTowns award ceremony for the northwest and west region in Westport, Co. Mayo earlier this week. This scheme will allow each local committee to apply for a grant of between €1,000 and €4,000 to support the work they do.
Locally, news of the grant scheme has been welcomed by Fine Gael Senators Maura Hopkins and Frank Feighan.
Minister Ring said: “This €1.4 million investment by the Government will directly support the local Tidy Towns 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.”
The Minister added that the scheme was further evidence of the Government’s support for 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.”