Galway County Council has been awarded €100,000 for improvements to the streetscape in Tuam in this year.
Tuam was one of 26 towns chosen for the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative this year, with a total funding of €2.6 million.
Under this initiative, retailers and property owners can receive grants from the county council to improve the facades of their buildings, carry out artwork or install features such as street furniture or canopies.
The goal of the scheme is to give a facelift to towns and villages around the country, making them more attractive to live and work in, or to visit.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys encouraged business and property owners to apply to their council for funding.
“We all take pride in our rural towns and villages and want them to be as attractive and welcoming as possible. That’s exactly what Streetscapes is all about.”
“I want as many businesses and property owners to get involved over the next few weeks and to avail of this funding.”
“You may wish to give the front of your shop a new lease of life and repaint it in bright, vibrant colours. Perhaps you want to cover your windowsills with flowers and plants or purchase street furniture, canopies for your customers to enjoy.”
Neighbouring businesses and properties are also being urged to consider making a joint proposal to the council for ambitious projects such as murals, which can cover multiple buildings.