The government on Wednesday called the first tenders in the Hungarian Village Programme, a 150 billion forint (EUR 473m) development scheme that aims to slow depopulation in communities with fewer than 5,000 residents.
The aim of the tenders is to “strengthen local identity by developing public spaces” with the involvement of churches as well as local community and cultural centres.
The tenders allocate 7 billion forints in funding for churches and 6 billion for community and cultural centres.
The monies may be used for the upgrade of buildings, the organisation of community programmes and wage support for people to staff such schemes.
The funding is capped at 15 million per project for building upgrades, 5 million for community programmes and just under 3 million for wage support.
In the case of churches, the funding for building upgrades may be used for disused buildings and public spaces owned by churches but not for churches and chapels.
Funded projects must be completed in a period of 18 months, but no later than the end of 2020.