In 2016 the decision was taken to restore the church in order to increase the average number of visitors and with the help of the project management company Regional Consulting & Management SA, design 4ZET ARCHITECTS SRL, respectively technical assistance Bros Bau SRL, was implemented the project “Rehabilitation of the reformed church complex in the village of Șimonești, village Rugănești”, obtaining European funds through the Regional Operational Programme 2014 – 2020, Priority Axis 5 – Improvement of the urban environment and conservation, protection and sustainable enhancement of cultural heritage, Investment Priority 5. 1 – Conservation, protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage. On 03 August 2017, the Financing Contract No 247 was signed with the Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds (current name: Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration) as Managing Authority and the Agency for Regional Development Centre as Intermediate Body, and on 14 September 2018, following the competitive procurement procedure, the rehabilitation works contract was signed with the Association Kvadrum Axis SRL – Lider and KÉSZ Építő és Szerelő Zrt. Szeged, Cluj – Napoca Branch. The works started on 08 October 2018. The deadline for completion of the project is 31 December 2021.
Title of the project: Rehabilitation of the Reformed Church complex in the commune of Șimonești, village of Rugănești.
Name of beneficiary: Rugănești Reformed Parish
Project goal: is to increase the tourist attractiveness of the Reformed Church of Rugănești, by exploiting its potential, following the restoration of the church building and the surrounding wall. Through the implementation of the project it is expected that the average number of annual visitors to the Church of Rugănești will increase by 6.
Enhancement through rehabilitation of the Church of Rugănești, Harghita county for the full integration of the church in the tourist circuit.
To increase the accessibility of the Church of Rugănești among all categories of tourists.
Promoting the project and the tourist offer of the Reformed Parish of Rugănești.
Project result: a restored, protected and preserved heritage site (LMI Code: HR-II-a-A-12942.01 – Rugănești Reformed Church).
Start date: 07 April 2014
Implementation period 54 months from the signing of the grant contract on 03 August 2017.
The total value of the project is 3.016.681,56 lei, of which 2.328.924,00 lei EU contribution (ERDF), 410.986,58 lei national contribution and 2.739.910,58 lei grant.