THRIVE – the Town Centre First Heritage Revival Scheme

The Northern and Western Regional Assembly is pleased to announce the opening of a competitive call for THRIVE – a new €30.7m scheme to renovate derelict buildings in urban centres:

  • Local Authorities in the Northern and Western Region are cordially invited to submit applications for funding under the THRIVE scheme in accordance with the THRIVE Application Guidelines and using the THRIVE Application Forms. Please advise if you wish to avail of content in an accessible format.
  • THRIVE is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union, through the ERDF Northern and Western Regional Programme 2021-27, and as such all applicants must comply with the relevant EU and ERDF regulations as outlined in the Application Guidelines and Application Form. Failure to do so will render the application ineligible for funding.
  • THRIVE supports the following ERDF objectives:
    • Policy Objective 5: A Europe closer to citizens by fostering the sustainable and integrated development of all types of territories and local initiatives
    • Specific Objective 5.1: Fostering the integrated and inclusive social, economic and environmental development, culture, natural heritage, sustainable tourism, and security in urban areas

Targeting NPF and RSES designated settlements – the regions’ key towns, regional growth centres and cities – THRIVE will support local authorities and their citizens to re-imagine town centres and to transform publicly-owned vacant or derelict heritage buildings within those town centres through renovation, renewal, and adaptive reuse. THRIVE supports locally developed plans that take an integrated strategic approach to the regeneration of our towns and locally selected projects that assist in creating town centres that function as viable, vibrant, and attractive locations for people to live, work and visit while also functioning as the business, service, social, cultural and recreational hub for the local community.

THRIVE offers 100% grants to local authorities under two strands:

  • Strand 1: Grant amounts of between €40K and €200K towards integrated urban strategies and project pipeline development
  • Strand 2: Grant amounts of between €2M and €7M towards the renovation and adaptive reuse of vacant or derelict heritage buildings in public control or ownership

THRIVE promotes a citizen-centred community-led approach to planning and design under the Town Centre First framework and will fund projects that embrace the core values of the New European Bauhaus – sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion. A heritage building under the scheme is classified as structures that form part of the architectural heritage and have unique architectural, historical, archaeological or artistic qualities, or its links to the cultural and economic history of a place. To qualify for a THRIVE grant to renovate a heritage building, the building must be in public ownership and have been identified through locally developed plans and public consultation to establish most viable reuse for the building renewed.

The total funding available for THRIVE under the Northern and Western Regional Programme is €30.7 million. The ERDF co-funding rate is 60% with the balance of 40% co-funded by the Government of Ireland. The indicative funding allocation under Strand 1 is funding up to a value of €2million and under Strand 2 is up to a value of €28.7 million.  Funding under Strand 1 will be offered under one call with funding of up to €2 million. Funding under Strand 2 will be offered under two calls, call 1 will fund a maximum of two projects and Strand 2 Call 2 funding will be advised at Q4 2024.

The call start date is 8th February 2024.  The end date and deadline for applications is 17.00 on 5th April 2024 for Strand 1 and 17.00 on 3rd May 2024 for Strand 2.  Any applications received after this time will not be eligible. Applications should be sent in electronic form (MS Word/Excel/PDF) and should be signed by the Chief Executive or Director of Service of the Local Authority.  The application should be sent to thrive@nwra.ie by the deadline.

Online and in person capacity building workshops for local authorities to support the preparation of applications in relation to specific requirements under the THRIVE scheme will be held in February and March 2024.

Information Sessions and Capacity Building Workshops

Information Session – Human Rights & Equality – 1st March 2024

THRIVE Overview

IHREC Presentation to Local Authorities – THRIVE Scheme

Further information and Resources:

  1. A guide for inclusive community engagement in local planning and decision making. https://www.pobal.ie/app/uploads/2023/04/Guide-to-Incl.-Community-Engagement_2nd-Edition_Oct23_Final-2-1.pdf
  2. Easy Read – The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/345108/easy-read-un-convention.pdf
  3. IHREC Human Rights Explained: https://www.ihrec.ie/download/pdf/ihrec_human_rights_explained.pdf
  4. The Equality and Human Rights in EU Funds -Supporting Checklist -IHREC
  5. Equality and Human Rights in EU Funds, 2021-27 Guidance Tool https://eufunds.ie/regulations-guidance/#flipbook-equality-and-human-rights-in-eu-funds-2021-27-guidance-tool/1/

Information Session – Communication & Visibility Requirements – 6th March 2024

Presentation Communications Activities

Further information and Resources:

  1. National Communications Guidelines https://eufunds.ie/regulations-guidance/#flipbook-18523/1/
  2. Support Kit for EU Visibility https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/policy/communication/support_kit_visibility_2127_en.pdf
  3. Kohesio https://kohesio.ec.europa.eu/en/

Information Session – New European Bauhaus & Conservation Principles – 6th March 2024

THRIVE Info Session – New European Bauhaus & Conservation Principles Presentation

Further information and Resources:

  1. National Inventory of Architectural Heritage https://www.buildingsofireland.ie/
  2. Town Centre First Policy https://towncentrefirst.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Town-Centre-First-Policy.pdf
  3. New European Bauhaus Commission Website https://new-european-bauhaus.europa.eu/index_en
  4. New European Bauhaus Toolkit https://new-european-bauhaus.europa.eu/system/files/2024-01/NEB%20toolbox.pdf
  5. New European Bauhaus Compass https://new-european-bauhaus.europa.eu/get-involved/use-compass_en
  6. GXN within the framework for Desire (New European Bauhaus) December 2023 – Toolkit for co-design with young people – https://grafisk.3xn.dk/files/permanent/Think_it__Sketch_it__Show_it_Co-Design_Toolkit_GXN.pdf
  7. Guide for Inclusive Community Engagement in Local Planning and Decision Making, Department of Rural and Community Development and Pobal, February 2023. https://www.pobal.ie/app/uploads/2023/01/Pobal_23_CE_Guide-final-31.1.23.pdf

Information Session – Green Public Procurement – 12th March 2024

IGBC Presentation -Rachel Loughrey – Circular Economy & Adaptive Reuse for Renovation of Buildings, plus training Clauses for Tenders

IGBC Presentation – Rachel Loughrey – GPP & CO2 Performance Ladder

Information Sessions – Sustainable Development – 21st March 2024

THRIVE Presentation Slides – Sustainable Development, DNSH & Climate Proofing

 

Upcoming Information Sessions and Capacity Building Workshops:

  • Do No Significant Harm, Sustainable development and climate proofing, in person workshop for Strand 2 or applicants who think they may be submitting a Strand 2 application under Call 2 – Dublin on 9th April 2024

If you would like to register to attend these workshops, please email thrive@nwra.ie


Those will include a Q&A session where we hope to answer any queries you may have.  We strongly recommend that you attend these capacity building workshops. Please forward any queries you have in relation to the application process to thrive@nwra.ie

THRIVE_FAQ

The THRIVE Application Guidelines document can be found at the link below:

THRIVE Application Guidelines

Application forms for Strand 1 and Strand 2 can be obtained by emailing thrive@nwra.ie.