Shop-front facelift grant scheme returning to Coalisland

A council grant scheme that gave thousands of pounds to Coalisland businesses to carry out shop-front facelifts is set to return to the town.

Dungannon council plans to start a second phase of the Coalisland Shop Front Enhancement Programme “as soon as possible”.

Last year Coalisland Post revealed councillors had shelled out almost £50,000 in grants to 18 Coalisland businesses as part of the scheme.

Council officers aim to apply to the Department for Social Development (DSD)  for new funding by the end of March.

They say the second phase of the programme will try to target more commercial properties in the down centre and neighbourhood renewal area, but businesses awarded grants last time would not be able to reapply.

The Shop Front Enhancement Programme’s first phase was funded through the DSD’s Neighbourhood Renewal Scheme. Grants were capped at 50% of eligible works, up to a maximum of £4,000.

Among the businesses to benefit, O’Neill’s Bar in the town received the maximum grant of £4,000 to carry out an elaborate medieval makeover.

O’Neill’s Pharmacy and LMG Tiles also each received £4,000 grants for their shop-front facelifts.

CRAIC Theatre, Café Fresh, Tyrone Trims and the Mill Court were also among the businesses to obtain thousands of pounds in grant funding.

>Revealed: The grants given to each Coalisland store for shop-front facelifts

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