This year, rural families with children can apply for low-density area funding not just for water lines but also for upgrading electrical systems, laying sewer pipe and building driveways.
A total of 1.5 million euros is available this year. The funding is channeled from the EU via the Minister of Regional Affairs to county governments. Municipal governments process individual applications and handle disbursements.
To qualify, families must have at least one child and have lived in their rural home since January.
The maximum per family is 6,500 euros, and the recipient must self-finance one-third of the project's cost. The project must be completed in 15 months - at the end of that period, drinking water is potable or the driveway links the house to a public road.
Last year, 719 applications were submitted, and 622 of them receicved funding. Since 2007, over 3,500 families have made an investment into home improvement thanks to the program.