Minister Humphreys announces €5 million Connected Hubs Fund

Heather Humphreys, TD - Minister of Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands,, Our Rural Future launch.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today launched a new five million euro fund to support the development of Ireland’s first national network of remote working hubs.

Scheme outline document and a shorter information note for hub operators are attached.

“Our Rural Future” recognises remote working hubs and BCPs as being key economic assets for towns and villages throughout Ireland. By supporting sustainable economic activity and local job opportunities, hubs can help to drive both urban and rural regeneration and support the balanced regional development goals under Project Ireland 2040.

One of the key actions of Our Rural Future will be the development of the National Hub Network. Today Minister Heather Humphreys T.D. launched the €5m Connected Hub Call to support this goal.

Please also find attached a short stakeholder information note and the scheme outline document for the call. The Regional Development and Innovation Unit will be holding information sessions regarding this call in the coming weeks with Local Authorities around the country.

The WDC’s Hub Network Team would encourage all hubs operators to consider applying for funding through this scheme as it will add capacity and impact, not just to individual hubs, but to the Network as a whole. We would also encourage hubs operators to engage with your respective local authorities with a view to identifying opportunities for Multi-hub projects in your area, as collaboration is a key criteria for this scheme.

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