Cork City Council has announced details of its Painting Grant Scheme 2014 being run by its Strategic Planning and Economic Development Directorate. A total fund of €15,000 has been allocated to incentivise improvements in the appearance of buildings on key streets in central Cork. The closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday, 16st of May, 2014.
The grant scheme is focussed on Cork’s historic City Centre again this year but has also been extended to the City Centre Quays, with the Painting Grant Scheme aimed at some of Cork’s finest historical areas, & it includes Barrack St., South Main St., North Main St., Sullivans Quay, Georges Quay, Margaret Street, Dunbar St., Douglas St., North Mall, Popes Quay, Camden Place, Bridge St., Coburg St., Leitrim St., Shandon St., Church St., Gerald Griffin St., Great William O’ Brien St., Thomas Davis St., & Dublin St. This follows on from the successful schemes run in 2011, 2012 & 2013. The 2013 painting Grant Scheme alone helped to improve the appearance of almost 30 buildings in the North Main Street, Shandon Street, Gerald Griffin Street & great William O’ Brien Street as well as other areas of the City Centre.
The scheme aims to provide a financial incentive to building owners and occupiers to invest in the visual appearance and maintenance of their historic buildings, and also to help improve the character, appearance and overall attractiveness of these historic and valued areas of Cork City. The area in which properties are considered for eligibility includes many of the streets in past schemes to help build on a clustered improvement, but is extended as far as Dublin Street in Blackpool at one end & Barrack Street at the other end of the city, while bringing in new locations along the city centre quay areas.
Grants are available up to a maximum of 50% of the total cost of the external painting works up to a maximum of €500. However, should an owner wish to carry out the painting themselves, Cork City Council will meet 100% of the cost of materials up to a maximum of €250. Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis and those offered a grant in principle will need to complete the works and submit a claim for payment towards the cost of the works by Friday 12th of September 2014. Further information about the scheme can be found on the City Council website or by contacting the Planning Policy Section at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021-492-4086. The City Council website address is: http://www.corkcity.ie/services/strategicplanningeconomicdevelopment/grantsschemesincorkcity/
The scheme is complementary to the Architectural Conservation Area [ACA] Grant Scheme 2014 that also focuses on similar areas as the Painting Grant Scheme. The ACA scheme is different to the Painting Grant Scheme in that it incentivises good custodianship and repair of historic buildings, as well as improving the appearance of the area, and grants are available up to €10,000.
The City Council invites applications for the grant schemes and looks forward to working with the communities in the various city centre locations to make the painting grant scheme a success in 2014.