Street furniture grant extended for south Dublin businesses

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Businesses in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area now have until the end of the year to avail of grant to help cover costs of street furniture.

The grant has been extended to December 22 this year, and covers 75% of the expenses a business spends on outdoor furniture.

The scheme was originally introduced in 2020 to help local businesses respond to Covid-19.

Head Of Finance at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Helena Cunningham asked Councillors to agree to an extension of the grant at Monday’s Council meeting.

She said they would expect the number of applications made under the extension to be “quite low” but it would allow businesses with a change of ownership to avail of the grant.

She said to Councillors on Monday night: “You may remember we originally introduced this grant in 2020 as a response to Covid and then it was subsequently replaced by the Failte Ireland grant which was made available at a national level. That grant finished in October of last year.

“And a very significant number of businesses have availed of the grants to date, but I suppose it’s just to allow for maybe if there was a change in ownership or maybe a property hadn’t opened up to the end of last year for whatever reason, then we have scope to let them avail of the grant.

“It covers 75% of the cost of whatever is spent by the relevant business on the street furniture.”

Councillor Tom Kivlehan said the extension is “very positive”.

He said at Monday’s meeting: “I’m delighted to see this bring extended. There are new cafes and businesses open. I think we should be encouraging as many businesses as possible to improve the public realm and to activate outside dining as much as possible.

“I think it brings a lot to our towns and streets and it certainly brings passive surveillance to our streets as well when people are out on them too.

“So I’m very happy to see this and I would like to see a scheme where anything that can improve the public realm, there might be some encouragement there with some grants from the Council for people to look at their area outside their premises so I think it’s very positive.”

The extension was agreed by the Council.

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