Rural Regeneration Development Fund

Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF) is a commitment of €1 billion by government to be invested in rural Ireland over the period 2019 to 2027.

The purpose of the fund is to support job creation in rural areas, address de-population of rural communities and support improvements in our towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000, and outlying areas.

The Fund is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Funding is awarded through a competitive bid process. Proposals are invited from local authorities, and other local and regional organisations, such as Local Development Companies, as well as government departments and state agencies. 

County Longford Rural Regeneration Development Fund Allocations

Third Call under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund

Funding announced in 2021 and 2022 for County Longford includes:

  • Granard Destination Town project: acquisition of key sites, design and planning for the development of a multi-use open space and parkland, enhancement to increase connectivity and reduce town centre congestion, address connectivity, parking and utilisation of assets issues for economic development opportunities and the attractiveness and quality of the built and natural environment. Funding of €1,115,400 allocated
  • Ballymahon 'Pobal le Cheile' project: to bring several vacant buildings in the town centre into use for key local services, including enhanced family support services, a new dedicated youth club, enhanced elderly care services and a new rural working hub. The project will have a significant and sustainable
    impact on the social and economic development of the community by delivering a campus of scale that will provide community services and deliver sustainable regeneration. Funding of €5,991,916 announced, followed by an increase in funding of €672,883. 

Second Call under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund

Funding announced in 2019 and 2020 for County Longford includes:

  • The Yard Hub Abbeyshrule: redevelop a derelict site to create a new village hub, with space for economic and enterprise development. The project will enhance community activity and spirit within the village, and will form a gateway for visitors along the Royal Canal Greenway to the village and County Longford. Funding of €522,265.71 approved. Funding was later revised and increased to €748,667.71.
  • Lanesborough Destination Town: to enhance the attractiveness of Lanesborough as a tourism destination. Funding of €468,750 approved. 

First Call under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund

Funding announced in 2018 and 2019 for County Longford includes:

  • Historic Granard Motte Project: develop a major tourism and amenity attraction at the site of Granard Motte, a national monument on the outskirts of Granard, Longford. The project will develop a heritage park on 15 acres of land and will recreate a living Norman Village and children’s amenities. Funding of €2,872,434 allocated
  • Edgeworthstown Regeneration project: enhance a wider town regeneration project for Edgeworthstown, delivering a new car park and public realm works in the plaza alongside the new public library. Funding of €1,269,019 allocated.

Further Information

Further information on the Rural Regeneration Development Fund is available on