Shop Front & Accesibility Grant Scheme

Retail Improvements: Shop Front Improvement, Accessibility and Age Friendly Grant Scheme

Kildare County Council has established the Shop Front Improvement, Accessibility and Age Friendly Grant Scheme to financially assist and support independent business owners to improve the appearance of their shop fronts or commercial properties. Particular emphasis should be on works to enhance accessibility and/or add age friendly elements to the premises.

This funding is being provided in recognition of the fact that a building’s facade makes a big impact on our town centres. They help form people’s first impressions of a town centre, so their condition can really affect a town’s image. Smart shop fronts will make a town feel more prosperous, improve its image and contribute towards a stronger sense of identity.

Proposals for funding do not have to involve a significant or expensive change. Simple jobs like repainting a shop front or seasonal window dressing may qualify. Each application will be assessed on its own merits and any job that will enhance the town’s character may qualify for grant aid.

Grant Relief and Payment

Grants are available up to a maximum of €5,000 or

(i) Up to 50% of eligible costs for painting / repairs (however, if you include an accessibility or age friendly element the grant offer can be increased up to 75% of eligible costs).

(ii) Up to 75% of eligible costs for accessibility improvements 

(iii) Up to 75% of eligible costs for age friendly improvements

How to Apply

Application form are available here

Guidelines and Criteria

  • Details of proposed works including drawings or even minor details to the facade should be included with the completed grant application form
  • Retrospective applications for works already undertaken will not be accepted
  • An itemised list and quotations must be provided for proposed work
  • Grants will only be offered to independently owned businesses

For further information please email localenterprise@kildarecoco.ie or call 045980838.