Streetscape Enhancement funding in four Longford towns

Granard is one of four County Longford towns set to benefit from a government scheme to improve the overall look of rural towns and villages. Property owners in Longford, Granard, Drumlish and Lanesborough have been advised to make an application for the funds to upgrade their premises under the Streetscape Enhancement Measure 2021 of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Longford was allocated €220,000 by the Department for Rural and Community Development to support the enhancement of streetscapes and shopfronts in the four designated towns, as part of €7 million being made available nationwide.

This scheme was announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD under the Our Rural Future five-year strategy. Launching the scheme, Minister Humphreys stated that the Streetscape Enhancement Initiative will provide funding to property owners to improve the facades of their buildings. “It is part of the Government’s effort to assist in the regeneration, repopulation and development of our rural towns and villages.”

The Streetscape Enhancement Measure will be administered by Local Authorities and will involve Longford County Council working in collaboration with local businesses and property owners to add colour and freshness to the rural towns and villages

Projects supported include: the painting of buildings or shopfronts in vibrant colours, commissioning of murals in towns and villages, the upgrade or restoration of historic and or traditional shopfronts and the provision of street planting, shrubbery, trees and flowers boxes.

Further information, or to apply for the scheme is available at or email The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on 7 September 2021.