Shop Front Improvement Scheme 2021 Extended

Dublin City Council South Central Area Office is offering grants up to €3,000 to support businesses improving their shop fronts


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Dublin City Council is currently inviting applications to its Shop Front Improvement Scheme for 2021 across the south west city neighbourhoods of The Liberties, Dolphin’s Barn and Rialto, and Kilmainham, Islandbridge and Inchicore.

This is the 6th year of the successful scheme that has already assisted a wide range of retailers, small business owners and community organisations to enhance their premises and improve the quality of some of the capital’s most historic streets and urban villages.

Last year’s scheme – the most successful to date – supported over 30 projects, including repainting shop fronts, constructing new high quality fronts, refurbishing historic windows and other features and ‘greening’ shop fronts and seating areas, and saw over €250,000 of investment by businesses across the area.

The Shop Front Improvement Scheme offers grants covering 50% of the cost of eligible works up to a maximum grant of €3,000. Applicants are encouraged to adopt a best practice approach to their projects: using traditional materials that are appropriate to the building; favouring high quality signage such as painted letters or individually-mounted lettering; and retaining and restoring heritage features, where appropriate.

Qualifying works include:

  • Painting and redecorating an existing shopfront
  • Repair, decluttering, greening and general enhancement of shop and building fronts
  • Certain works to the upper floors of buildings such as sash or timber window repair, rainwater goods repair
  • Removal of high-level signage and redundant signage
  • Installation of new shopfronts or material changes to existing frontages including permitting universal access (subject to planning permission)

Follow the links below for Details of the Scheme and an Application Form. Further assistance with the scheme is available from or telephone 083 1949009.  The scheme is extended until 30th June 2021.

How to Apply

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