Colour Kildare - Town & Village Renewal Scheme

Kildare County Council has secured funding from the Department of Rural & Community  Development through the 2021 Streetscape Enhancement Measure for the following towns.

  • Sallins
  • Castledermot
  • Ballitore
  • Monasterevin
  • Rathangan
  • Kilcock 

The premises applying for the grant must be located in one of these areas.

To apply for the scheme please click here

Closing date for receipt of applications is 2pm on Friday 17th September 2021

To view a scheme outline of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme in the Irish language please click here

Purpose

Kildare County Council has secured funding from the Department of Rural & Community Development for property owners to improve the building facades of their properties.

Our Rural Future is the Government’s five-year strategy to revitalize rural Ireland and includes a commitment to upgrade and enhance shopfronts and street facades in our rural towns and villages. 

The aim of the scheme is to enhance the streetscape environment of the towns of by encouraging and supporting owners of premises to improve their individual building facades. It is intended that the scheme will result in a more attractive environment that residents, visitors, shoppers and businesses can enjoy. It is also envisaged that this scheme will assist in promoting these towns in Kildare as attractive places for social and business interaction thereby increasing the vitality and viability of those towns, with positive benefits for all.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Maximum Grant permitted is €8,000 per building.
  2. The Budget for this scheme in 2021 is limited and applications for funding will be assessed by an Adjudication Panel appointed by the Council, whose decision shall be final.
  3. Grants will not be offered in respect of works commenced before the grant approval date.
  4. Applications may not be considered where there are local taxes or charges due to the Council. However, consideration will be given in such instance where there is an agreed payment plan in place that is being adhered to.
  5. Grant payment will be subject to the applicant having obtained planning permission, if required. Where planning permission is required, it must be in place when applying for the streetscape enhancement measure.
  6. Priority will be given to smaller independent businesses within the town centres.
  7. Applications will be accepted from either the landlord or lessee, whichever is appropriate.
  8. Works must not commence prior to receipt of written approval from Kildare County Council.
  9. No project funded under the 2021 General Town & Village Renewal Scheme will receive funding under the Streetscape Enhancement Measure 2021.
  10. In order to drawdown the funding, works must be completed by Sunday 31st October 2021. Please confirm you are able to achieve this deadline.
  11. Please note that grant claims must be submitted no later than 15th November or grant funding will be withdrawn.

Grant Rates

70% for individual premises – matched funding 30%

80% for joint applications (groups of 3 or more adjacent premises) – matched funding 20%

100% where painting is undertaken by direct labour by applicant

Works

Maximum Grant available

Works

Maximum Grant Available

Green enhancement of entrances/ terraces with planting

€500

Painting of building/shopfront in carefully selected colours which will complement the host building and streetscape.

€1,500

Mural (agreed in advance with Local Authority)

Decluttering and repair of shopfronts. (Decluttering can include such works as removing unnecessary signs, flagpoles, wiring etc.)

€2,000

Careful illumination and lighting of architectural features of buildings.

 

Improvements to shopfront window displays and staging.

 

Replacement of signage with traditional wooden fascia with wooden/hand painted lettering OR contemporary design

 

Canopies/Awnings complementary to the materials of the shopfront and building (including street furniture).

 

Replacement of existing shopfront with traditional painted wooden shopfront OR contemporary design

€4,000

Maximum per building

€8,000

Will I require planning permission?

Where planning permission is required, it must be in place when applying for the enhancement grant.

Please note that material alterations to a Protected Structure will require Planning Permission.

Applicants are advised to contact Kildare County Council in advance of the making of any application for funding to discuss individual proposals. Guidance will be provided by a Planning Officer in respect of whether the proposed works put forward by prospective applicants for funding require the making of a planning application or whether the works proposed are exempt from planning permission. 

NB - contact with the Planning Department should be made by email and should contain the first four items listed in point 3 below - “How to apply for a Grant”

The contact details for the Planning Section are as follows 045 980 845 and

email: plandept@kildarecoco.ie

Timeline

In the event that planning permission is required for the works proposed, please note that this is a separate process to this Grant Application Scheme and the associated timelines in the processing of a planning application apply. If planning permission is required, it will not be possible to process the grant application during the 2021 scheme. 

How to Apply for A Grant

The closing date for receipt of fully completed applications is 2pm on Friday 17th September 2021

  1. Applications will be made by the owner of the premises or leasee with the owner's written permission.
  2. Applications should identify each element of the works proposed
  3. The completed application form must be accompanied by a description of the proposed works to include:

• Photographs of existing building (prior to work being carried out);

• Photographs of an example of what the new building façade will look like.

• Map identifying the location of the building (a Google Map will suffice).

• Record of Protected Structures number, where relevant.

• Exact details of works proposed including a copy of relevant plans, designs and specifications for proposed works

• Indication of material type and colour scheme to be used;

• Two written quotations for the proposed works from registered builder(s)/contractor(s), one written quote for materials.

• 3 written quotations must be submitted for contracts above €5,000 as per National Procurement Guidelines 

Please note the grant offer will be made on the lowest quote submitted. The applicant may choose either supplier/contractor to complete the works. However, the grant payment will not exceed the amount specified in the grant letter offer.

Note:

A site visit may be arranged with the applicant to discuss the application and if necessary facilitate the submission of further information in support of the application.

Assessment Criteria

The following will be considered in the assessment of applications:

 • The quality and suitability of the proposed changes to the building façade

• Priority will be given to small independent businesses within town centres

• Impact on the immediate area of the street

• Preference will be given to applications for clusters, where a number of adjacent properties make simultaneous applications. (A cluster application is a set of business owners where shops are located in close proximity to each other).

• Applications for funding will be considered by an Adjudication Panel appointed by the Council. The decision to award a grant rests with Kildare County Council, whose decision shall be final.

NB: Applications will be deemed invalid if not accompanied by the information requested in these Guidelines 

If you require further information or have any enquiries please contact: Local Enterprise Office, Kildare County Council; Tel: 045 980 838 or by emailing:  localenterprise@kildarecoco.ie