Village renewal is a funding instrument of the state to support the municipalities that perceive their structural development as a self-governing task and at the same time part of an active structural policy for rural areas.
The village renewal is intended to support a sustainable and future-proof development of the village and to preserve and further develop the village as an independent living, working, social and cultural space. The preservation or strengthening of the functional diversity of the villages in economic, ecological, social and cultural terms is a main concern of village renewal. The main tasks of village renewal include in particular structural improvement measures, which above all also contribute to the stabilization or strengthening of the town centers, e.g.:
- The creation or safeguarding of jobs close to homes.
- The securing or restoration of the local basic supply with goods for daily needs.
- The conversion of vacant, site-defining building fabric for living and working.
- The safeguarding and improvement of the villagescape and the structural order.
- The preservation and renewal of building fabric and settlement structures that shape the townscape as well as typical regionally.
- The restoration or preservation of the unity of village and landscape.
- The promotion of the commitment and self-initiative of the villagers for the interests of their village.
- The implementation of a comprehensive information, education and consulting work within the framework of the village moderation
Grants are granted for the following projects (exemplary list):
- Preparation and implementation of the information, education and advisory work necessary for the village renewal measures within the framework of village moderation;
- Updating and further development of existing village renewal concepts as well as consulting services for the local communities;
- structural measures for the renewal, removal, conversion or extension of older buildings that shape the site and landscape or are of public importance with courtyards and green areas, including additional expenditures due to monument preservation and building ecology;
- Creation of new living space in town centres by converting vacant buildings or closing gaps in scale, village architecture (additional design expenses);
- structural measures within the local area for the preservation and re-establishment of workplaces close to homes;
- Conservation, design and development of ecological or rural as well as typical rural and traditional important areas as well as measures that improve the integration of villages into the landscape;
- near-natural design and renaturation of inner-city streams to support ecological diversity in the village;
- expenditure on the conservation and creation of habitats for endangered and village-typical animal and plant species;
- Improvement of the living environment by dismantling sealed areas into near-natural open spaces; environmentally friendly expansion and design of street spaces and squares with a significance that goes beyond the traffic and development function.
- investment projects to secure and expand a needs-based local basic supply of goods and services, the creation and functional improvement of public service facilities, especially in buildings or facilities that shape the townscape or landscape; exceptionally, also projects which are necessary for the establishment of a sponsor of the measure;
- initiative Projects and smaller construction projects of local social, cultural and advisory work, in particular of local self-help groups for children, young people, the disabled and older citizens;
- measures to create environmentally friendly village tourism and nature-based recreation, including joint projects of several municipalities; Building construction measures are only supported in buildings that shape the townscape or landscape;
The amount of the grant depends on the financial capacity of the applicant and the country's interest in the execution of the project. The funding rate can be up to 65% of the eligible costs.
Projects that are not eligible for funding are:
- which represent wholly or predominantly cosmetic repairs or serve the construction maintenance,
- which represent measures in new development areas
- which have already been started.