Shopfront Improvement Scheme 2023 now open for applications

Dublin City Council is now accepting applications for this year’s Shopfront Improvement Scheme.  

The Shopfront Improvement Scheme is aimed at improving the appearance of independently owned shops that front public streets, said the South Dublin City Council (SDCC) website.

Shopfront Improvement Scheme Poster – Credit: Dublin City Council

According to the SDCC, Grants are available for something as simple as painting your shop, replacing signage or bigger projects, such as replacing your entire shopfront.

Stephen Coyne, the council’s economic development officer in the southwest city, spoke to The Liberty about what the Shopfront Scheme, also known as the Shop Front Grant, is.  

Coyne explained that the scheme offers small grants up to the value of €3,000 for businesses to undertake refurbishment or repair of their shopfronts. 

“The scheme can also be availed of for certain work to the upper floor of premises, such as refurbishing traditional sash windows or repairing heritage features,” said Coyne.

Coyne explained that the scheme has been operating in the southwest inner city for nine years and is annually supporting around 30 projects in urban villages such as the Liberties, Inchicore and Kilmainham.

“It’s important that everyone plays a part in maintaining a high-quality city centre,” he said. “The scheme has also supported a return to traditional skills in shopfront design and signwriting in this part of this city, so it’s been a great way to enhance the character of the area”.

The scheme has been successful on streets like Thomas Street and Francis Street, where it has been complemented by street improvements, planting and improved services to create more inviting and attractive shopping areas.

Just to note the South Dublin City Council website states in their terms and conditions that the grant will only pay for work that has been approved in the “Letter of Approval” from the council. If additional work has occurred outside of the original terms, there is no obligation for the council to increase the grant.  

Applications are open now, and will close May 26. Further information can be found here.

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