Who can apply?
Owners / leasees of residential or commercial premises within the designated area shown on the map. Applications can be made by the leasee of the property, but in such cases must also contain a written letter of consent from the owner.
Where can I get additional information on the scheme?
Proposed works and specifications can be discussed with The Business Support Unit of Laois County Council prior to the commencement of works. Full eligibility criteria are available on www.laois.ie
Do I need planning permission?
The majority of the actions allowed under the scheme may not need planning permission however you should consult the Business Support Unit to clarify . Applicants may make an application for the grant in advance of obtaining planning permission (if required). Where planning permission is required approved works cannot start until final grant of planning permission is received.
What costs will the grant cover?
The grant will only be paid for works approved in the 'Letter of Approval' from the Local Authority. There is no obligation upon the Local Authority to increase the grant if additional work is undertaken outside the terms of the original grant approved and assistance cannot be given in retrospect for works carried out prior to approval for the scheme. The grant shall not exceed 75% of the overall cost and is subject to a maximum grant allocation of €750.
When do I get paid?
The grant will be payable after completion of the works and when all documentation has been received and the terms and conditions are complied with.
Can I re apply if I have previously been approved for funding?
Applicants who have been approved for the scheme in the previous 3 year period cannot reapply.
Are there other financial terms to comply with before I get paid?
Costs must be verified by the submission of receipts & invoices prior to payment. In addition, where the applicant is applying on behalf of a commercial premises they must either have paid rates in full or be incompliance with a payment plan / agreement regarding rates.
What happens if the fund is oversubscribed?
In the event the scheme becomes oversubscribed, preference will be given to proposals that in the Council's view will most improve the visual appearance of the town / village setting.
Applications will be assessed by the Business Support Unit with considerations being given to proposed design, materials and overall impact in line with the schemes eligibility criteria. The premises will be inspected by an official from the Planning Department prior to approval being issued.