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Retail+ Paint Scheme 2023

Enhance Your Business for 2023

Carlow County Council are inviting businesses to enhance your business in 2023 by engaging in our Retail+ Paint Scheme 2023 which is a Paint Scheme designed specifically for Retail.

Improve the front of your premises through painting and shop front improvements including painting, repairs, decluttering, window design, and merchandising in this ‘whole of shop’ approach, with financial supports for each successful applicant.

Closing Date for Applications – 31st March 2023

Financial Aid will be 80% of eligible costs financed by Carlow County Council, with the remainder of costs being paid by the applicant.

Upgrade works can include painting, repairs, decluttering (removal of old wiring, etc.), new signage, outside lighting, window display design/merchandising.

The minimum upgrade is €1,250 which will result in a grant of €1,000, and more substantial upgrades are permissible.

Enhancement works, and drawdown of funds must be completed by 31st August 2023. Any remaining funds within the budget will be spent by Carlow County Council

on other projects after that date.

For the Retail+ 2023 Paint Scheme, the following towns are eligible to apply:

Tullow Municipal District - Hacketstown, Tullow, & Ballon.

Bagenalstown Municipal District – Leighlinbridge, Borris, &Tinnahinch.

Minimum upgrade is €1,250 which will result in a minimum grant of €1,000.


Apply By 31st March 2023!

Receive confirmation approval from your Carlow LEO Office

Complete the works

Drawdown the funds by 31st August 2023

Places are strictly limited.

Not open to completed applications from 2022.

Preference will be given to town/village centres and main streets.

Speaking about the Retail+ Paint Scheme 2023, Economic Development Officer with the Local Enterprise Office, Pierce Kavanagh, said, “this new scheme is designed with your business in mind, to enhance your shop front and window display and to give you the tools to create a ‘whole of shop’ approach to marketing your business.” Pierce continued to say, “like last year all applications must be submitted via and we’ve simplified the application and drawdown process to make it easier for businesses to apply and drawdown the funds for their business.”

Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Cllr. Brian O’Donoghue, said, “I’m delighted to support this new funding scheme from the Local Enterprise Office, which will help our businesses to grow with style in 2023.” The Cathaoirleach continued to say, “I know these have been difficult times for all and we in Carlow County Council are keen to play our part in supporting businesses as much as possible.”

For further information contact Kieran Comerford on 086 825 2037 or e-mail


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