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Streetscape Enhancement Scheme



Town and Village Enhancement Initiative 



Donegal County Council are delighted to welcome the announcement made by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, confirming that Lifford is one of 26 towns nationally that has been awarded support under the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative 2022 in the sum of €100,000.



 Lifford Streetscape image



Announcing the award Minister Humphreys said:


“This is a new initiative that I introduced as part of Our Rural Future.  The response has been hugely positiv to date and I look forward to seeing works commence" 


The Streetscape Enhancement Initiative is a key part of ‘Our Rural Future’ and is designed to make our rural towns and villages more attractive places to live, work and visit. Under the scheme, property owners will be provided with funding to improve the facades of their buildings, carry out artwork and install features such as canopies and street furniture.


Speaking about the Streetscape Enhancement Measure Liam Ward, Director of Community Development and Planning Services with Donegal County Council said: “This initiative is part of a suite of programmes through Town & Village, where we are working with communities and business across the County improving the visual amenity and appearance of our towns and villages, building capacity and supporting local business. These programmes work particularly well in the County given the scale and size of many of our settlements and we are very much looking forward to seeing the results on the ground.’


The Application process for the Initiative is now open - Streetscape Enhancement Initiative - Application Form


Who can apply?

Owner/Occupier of the premises (occupier must have permission from the owner) in the designated town centre area of Lifford Streetscape Enhancement Initiative Eligible Area Map


What type of premises are eligible?

Commercial, residential or unoccupied buildings in Lifford Town Centre area as outlined on the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative Eligible Area Map


What works are eligible?

  • Painting of front facing or gable wall of individual properties (commercial/residential/derelict) provided this involves at least 3 adjacent properties.
  • Works to single buildings are permitted only when the building is derelict or vacant or at the discretion of Donegal County Council.
  • Window boxes/planting.
  • Upgrade front of derelict/vacant buildings to include insertion of covering on windows and doors.


Grant Rates


Grant funding will be provided at 100% of project costs up to a maximum of €4,000 per building as follows:-

  • Painting - Max €3,500.
  • Green Works (Window boxes/hanging baskets) - Max €500.



All works must be completed by 1st October 2023.


What you need to apply

  • Completed Application Form
  • 3 Quotations required for painting of premises to include the material costs and any associated works such as power hosing etc.
  • Detail of colour selected.
  • Bank/Credit Union Statement Header.
  • PPSN/Tax Reference No/TCAN/Charity No.,

         (Final two items listed required solely to set grant recipient up on Donegal County Council's payment system).


Buildings must be painted in complementary traditional/heritage colours 


Applicants Eircode must be included in the application 


Completed Applications and supporting documentation should be submitted by email to [email protected]  Please include Streetscape Lifford in the subject line.


By post to Streetscape Enhancement Initiative, Community Section, Donegal County Council, Station Island, Lifford, F93 X7PK.


The closing date for receipt of completed Applications (including three quotations) is 2pm on Thursday, 3rd August 2023.


Links to relevant documents:-


Streetscape Enhancement Initiative - Application Form

Streetscape Enhancement Initiative - Measure Outline