Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Shop fronts grant scheme

Individual or groups of shop owners in Kilcullen have until 31 March to apply for the Kildare Co Council Shop Front/Town Centre Improvement Grant Scheme.

The Scheme is designed to financially assist and support independent business owners to improve the appearance of their shop fronts or commercial properties. This funding is being provided in recognition of the fact that a building’s facade makes a big impact on a town centre. They help form people’s first impressions of a town centre, so their condition can really affect a town’s image.

Smart shop fronts will make a town feel more prosperous, improve its image and contribute towards a stronger sense of identity.

Proposals for funding do not have to involve a significant or expensive change. Simple jobs like repainting a shop front or seasonal window dressing may qualify. Each application will be assessed on its own merits and any job that will enhance the town’s character may qualify for grant aid.

Particular emphasis should be on works to enhance the visual appearance of the streetscape, more appropriate shop front signage and removal of neon signs, banners or other inappropriate signage.

If a number of owners/lessees of commercial properties wish to group together, to form a cluster and submit a group application, their application will be welcomed.

Fully completed applications received by the Council on or before 31st March 2017 will be given priority but the scheme will remain open for the remainder of 2017.

If you require further information or have any enquiries please contact Gerard Mackey, Kildare County Council by email or by phone 045 980500.