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Painting Grant Schemes

Introduction

Cork City Council actively supports the urban renewal of Cork City and continued investment in its built fabric. The Painting Grant Scheme is one way in which it does this and the grant scheme aims to support and encourage communities to invest in buildings to enhance the character and appearance of areas and to reinforce local pride in the area for residents, businesses and visitors.

Painting Grant Schemes 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 were considered for eligibility included many of the streets in past schemes to help build on a clustered improvement, but was extended as far as Gerald Griffin Street at one end & Barrack Street at the other end.

The 2013 scheme was the Historic north-south spine area extending from Barrack Street to Blackpool Church and was complementary to the Architectural Conservation Area [ACA] Grant Scheme 2013 that also focused on the same areas as the Painting Grant Scheme. The ACA scheme was different to the Painting Grant Scheme in that it incentivised good custodianship and repair of historic buildings, as well as improving the appearance of the area, and grants were 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.

 

CORK CITY PAINTING GRANT SCHEME 2014: CORK'S HISTORIC SPINE & CITY CENTRE QUAYS

The application form and general guidance on the scheme can be found at the links below:

Paint Grant Scheme 2014 Application Form

Paint Grant Scheme 2014 Information Leaflet

Paint Grant Scheme 2014 Map

Paint Grant Scheme 2014 Advert

 

CORK CITY PAINTING GRANT SCHEME 2013: McCURTAIN STREET & BRIDGE STREET

Applications are invited for the painting grant scheme for McCurtain Street & Bridge Street.  The aim of the scheme is to improve the quality of the built environment and to improve the appearance of the street.  The Painting Grant Scheme also took place in different areas in Cork City 2011 and 2012, as well as a very popular one along Cork's Historic Spine already in 2013.

The application form and general guidance on the scheme can be found at the links below:

  McCurtain Street & Bridge Street PGS 2013 Application Form

  McCurtain Street & Bridge Street PGS 2013 Information Leaflet

 

The closing date for receipt of completed applications has been extended to Friday, 20th September 2013 and qualifying applicants will have until Friday, 18th October 2013 to submit a payment claim to the Council under the Scheme.  Grant allocations are made on a competitive basis and applications must be supported by competitive quotations from tax compliant contractors/suppliers. 

Applications should be submitted to the Planning Policy Section, Strategic Planning & Economic Development Directorate, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork or by email.

CORK CITY PAINTING GRANT SCHEME 2013: CORK’S HISTORIC CENTRE (HISTORIC NORTH-SOUTH SPINE)

Applications were invited and the Painting Grant Scheme 2013 is now closed. 27 properties were successfully completed and received grants in 2013. The aim of the painting grant scheme was to improve the character and appearance of historic areas of Cork City and to make them more attractive to live and do business in.

The 2013 scheme targeted the historical spine of the city & the areas in which properties were eligible to apply included: Gerald Griffin Street, Shandon Street, North Main Street, South Main Street, Barrack Street amongst others. A map of the scheme area boundary can be found here as well as photos taken while works were underway: 

Painting Grant Scheme Map

Photos of Painting Grant Scheme

 

Grants were available to assist owners and occupiers of premises with the cost of undertaking painting work necessary to improve building elevations fronting onto the street in the defined area. Premises could be commercial or mixed residential / commercial. The level of funding available was up to 50% of the total cost of eligible works, and up to a maximum value of €600 per building. Alternatively, if labour was provided by the applicant then 100% of the cost of materials were met by a grant up to a maximum of €300.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications was Friday, 21st of June 2013 and qualifying applicants had until Friday 13th of September 2013 to submit a payment claim to the Council under the Scheme. Grant allocations were made on a competitive basis and applications were supported by competitive quotations from tax compliant contractors / suppliers.

Applications were submitted to the Planning Policy Section, Strategic Planning and Economic Development Directorate, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork or by email.

Applications needed to be supported by the provision of competitive tax compliant quotations from service providers. Two competitive quotations were required for jobs valued under €5,000.

Assessment of Applications

Funding for each scheme was limited and therefore in order to obtain the maximum benefit for the scheme, the following had to be undertaken:

  • Applications were prioritised on the basis of the benefits of each painting project. In other words, the greater the benefit of repainting the building to the visual appearance of the area the more likely they were offered grant funding support towards the cost of the works; and
  • Grant amounts were reduced below the maximum amount and maximum percentage available for each scheme.
  • Grants were aimed primarily at supporting the facelift of the elevations of buildings visible from the street (i.e. the front elevations), including the painting of masonry, shopfronts, windows and doors. The painting of other elements, such as boundary walls, railings, gates and other features were considered on their merits. Good preparation before painting was essential to ensure that the investment is worthwhile.

Painting Grant Scheme 2014

Cork City Council anticipate (funds permitting) in running a similar scheme in the same areas (and perhaps others) in 2014. interested parties should check the Cork City Council website from February/March onwards.

 

Previous Painting Grant Schemes

2012 Shandon Street & North Main Street ACA Painting Scheme

In addition, painting grant schemes have also been run successfully in the following areas:

2011 North Main Street ACA and Cornmarket Street Painting Scheme

2010 South Parish Painting Grant Scheme

2009 Blackpool Painting Grant Scheme

2005-2006 Blackpool Painting Grant Scheme

2003 Shandon Painting Grant Scheme