Six towns in Galway have been chosen for this year’s €7 million fund for enhancing streetscapes and shopfronts.
Galway County Council has been allocated €320,000 for works to improve the public realm in Loughrea, Headford, Oughterard, Oranmore, Glenamaddy, and Ballygar.
In total, 124 towns and villages have been selected for the 2021 Streetscape Enhancement Initiative, which aims to make them more attractive places to live and work.
The money can be used by local businesses and residents for works that will improve or restore shopfronts, plant shrubberies and flowerpots, commission local artworks or murals, and install canopies or outdoor furniture.
Minister Heather Humphreys said “We all know that even the most modest of improvements to our buildings and streetscapes can make a huge difference.”
“And so over the coming weeks, local authorities will work closely with businesses and property owners to give our towns and villages the facelift they deserve.”
“This unique initiative is about making our rural towns and villages more attractive and welcoming places for locals and visitors alike.”
“Whether it’s painting buildings in vibrant colours, upgrading shop fronts or installing canopies or street furniture – this fund will provide a welcome boost to rural communities the length and breadth of the country.”
“I have no doubt the projects funded this initiative will make a huge difference to our rural towns and villages and, most importantly, the families who live there.”