Earlier this week South Dublin County Council launched this year’s Shopfront Grant Scheme which will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Speaking following its launch, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran said, “This scheme has the potential to vastly revamp the appearance of independently owned shops on public streets and therefore improve the cleanliness of our local villages’ and wider community.

“I strongly encourage local retailers in the villages of Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathcoole and Saggart to apply for this grant which is available up to a maximum of €8,500.

“The Council have committed to paying half of the overall cost of improvements made to shopfronts. For example, the grant provided by SDCC will contribute €600 towards a total cost of €1,200.

“This grant is available for something as straight forward as painting your shop or replacing signage and in some instances will be awarded to replace the entire shopfront.

“We must all continue to offer our support to small, local and indigenous businesses. It’s important to promote the importance of local retail, even in urban centres.

He concluded, “I am hoping that those interested do not miss out on the scheme’s closing date, Friday March 30th.”