Dublin City Council South Central Area Office now invites applications from business-holders and commercial property owners in The Liberties for grants under the Shopfront Improvement Scheme 2016. The objective of the scheme is to support commercial premises owners who contribute positively to the local environment and the image of The Liberties, and who in turn attract increased local and visitor footfall to the area. Building on last year’s pilot, the scheme this year applies to a wider area, with the City Council looking to support refurbishment projects that promote the quality and attractiveness of the main shopping area of The Liberties.
The scheme offers up to 50% of the costs of certain works to refurbish and repair shop fronts and certain upper floors works, with maximum grants of €3,000. The closing date for applications is 15th April 2016.
The following streets are included in the scheme:
Full details of the scheme can be found here.
Foras na Gaeilge work to promote the Irish language throughout the country. As part of their business funding schemes they are offering small grant to businesses who erect their signage primarily as Gaeilge. The grant offered is 50% of the overall cost of the work, to a maximum of €3,000.
Foras are currently welcoming applications and this grant can be used in conjunction with the Dublin City Council scheme above. Find more information about this scheme here.
Its worth noting that The Liberties / Na Saoirsí was one of the last bastions of the Irish language in Dublin. Wouldn’t it be great to see our national language more visible in the area.