A State funding of €8.8 million will be provided for Ireland’s Connected Hubs Scheme for the expansion of remote working hubs.
The is an additional funding to the €5 million that was allocated in Budget 2021 for a 400 remote working hub network.
The grants from the Connected Hubs scheme range from €10,000 to €250,000 for remote working hubs and Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) in the country.
117 projects will benefit from the funding by helping with the expansion of existing hubs, access control and security systems, private booth installations, modular offices, enhanced audio visual and networking facilities.
“The increased shift to remote working as a result of the pandemic has provided a golden opportunity for a greater regional distribution of jobs to support a better work life balance for many people.”Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development
She stated that this funding will be of help to support the local economy of rural regions and will also help the environment.
“The investment announced today will provide an increased number of families and individuals with the option to live and work in our rural communities. Remote working from hubs and Broadband Connection Points benefitting from this funding will also support local economies and assist in reducing our carbon emissions.”Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development
The funding will support the recently launched National Hub Network, which is in use by more than a 100 hubs already. This network is expected to expand to 400 hubs.
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