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Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces €5 million Connected Hubs Fund

Published: 29th April 2021

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

  • Fund to support development of Ireland’s first National Hub Network
  • Investment in hot-desks, office spaces and meeting rooms to promote remote working
  • Electric car charging points, upgrades to disability access and IT improvements also supported

Minister Humphreys said "The Fund represents a key step towards making remote working a reality".

The Connected Hubs Fund will support the key objectives of Our Rural Future – the Government’s ambitious new five year policy for rural Ireland.

Our Rural Future recognises hubs and BCPs as ideal locations for people to work remotely, as well as acting as key economic assets for towns and villages.

This fund is a central part of the Government’s strategy to create a nationwide network of hubs that will be accessible via an online app.

The National Hub Network Working Group led by the Department of Rural and Community Development has identified over 400 remote working hubs across the country.

Work is currently underway to map and survey the services offered by these hubs. This data will support the development of online services to support hub managers, including a publicly facing booking engine.

The Connected Hubs Call aims to add additional capacity to our current remote working infrastructure.

Funding will be available for both expansion and upgrade of existing facilities through works such as the installation of privacy booths, access control and security systems, the conversion of existing open plan space to modular offices, and provision of enhanced audio visual, network and conferencing facilities. The call will also fund innovative measures to assist hubs to deal with COVID-related challenges.

The Connected Hubs Call is open to applications from all existing hubs and BCPs throughout the Country. This Fund represents a real opportunity to leverage remote working infrastructure to transform how the people of Ireland work and live.

Closing Date is June 17th 2021

Read more on gov.ie: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/997fd-our-rural-future-minister-humphreys-announces-5-million-connected-hubs-fund/

Click here for Details of Scheme and Application Forms: 

application/pdfConnected Hub Call 2021 - Scheme Outline.pdf (1.03 MB)
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