Carlow Town Development Forum members are encouraging all to support the colouring of Carlow Town in a variety of support programmes unveiled this week.
Grants of up to €750 will be made available to shops and businesses on Carlow Town’s six traditional streets as part of new focused supports for Town Centre businesses.
The scheme part-funds the revamp and restoration of the front of business premises, including painting, replacement of windows, signage and repair and re-instatement of shop fronts.
Carlow County Council’s Carlow Town - Paint and Shop Front Improvement Scheme is now open to applications up until May 31.
The scheme part-funds the revamp and restoration of the front of business premises, including painting, replacement of windows, signage and repair and re-instatement of shop fronts, and will be on a competitive basis.
The grant will be available to premises on June 17, with priority to shops and commercial premises.
The maximum grant available will be 80% of the approved cost of the works to a maximum amount of €750 (excluding VAT).
Grants will be paid on completion of approved works and subject to proof of payment, and all works must be fully complete by September 1 in order to avail of funding.
Applications will be assessed, and works should not be commenced prior to approval. Information is available by contacting Pierce Kavanagh firstname.lastname@example.org or 059-9129 786.
Applications are being accepted now and forms are available from the Local Enterprise Office website www.localenterprise.ie/carlow or by contacting Pierce Kavanagh.
Speaking at the launch, Ken Murnane, Mayor of Carlow Municipal District, said: "It is a fantastic opportunity for the community of Carlow Town, and I urge everyone to promote the scheme as much as possible.
"This grant will provide an opportunity to improve and enhance the visual appearance of shops, offices and all buildings along main street."
In tandem with this scheme, County Carlow Chamber is providing over 100 hanging baskets to 40 retail premises in the Town in a scheme funded by Carlow County Council and operated by County Carlow Chamber.
Speaking about the importance of developing the natural environment in the Town Centre, Mary Ryan from the Green Group of the Carlow Town Development Forum said: "It’s important that we create a balanced urban environment in our Town Centre as it has been shown internationally that sustainable planting and presentation of a town can have a positive impact on mental health"
"We are delighted to initially roll out this hanging basket scheme with County Carlow Chamber and look forward to later in the season unveiling our sustainable planting project and developing Carlow Town’s first Bio-diversity strategy which will develop a blueprint for the future.
"As an initial project there will be a small planting project on Barrack Street, which will be unveiled on Mayday, May 1 at 5pm, and all are welcome to attend."
The importance of presentation of premises was highlighted by Gerry Dunne from the Pride of Carlow Group of the Carlow Town Development Forum who said: "People who visit towns initially judge a place by sight and while Carlow Town has a number of celebrated premises we would encourage people to raise the overall standard of our Town."
Speaking about the projects presented, Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive of Carlow County Council and Chairperson of Carlow Town Development Forum said: "These initiatives are an opportunity to improve and reinvigorate Carlow Town Centre, making it a vibrant retail and commercial centre in the short and long term.
"This scheme aims to create a more attractive environment for residents, visitors, shoppers and businesses and to have a focus on good design and works that will comply with Development Plan standards."