Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown hand out grants

Business support grants of €124,000 were assigned by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on Monday night.

Projects which were granted funding include a Shankill Village Christmas Festival, Christmas lights and festival in Dunlaoghaire, a street festival in Blackrock, and the creation of a garden area for outdoor community activities in Dundrum.

Marketing pushes which are to receive funding include: marketing Dun Laoghaire Harbour and the town to cruise operators, and a campaign aimed at changing the image of Sandyford Industrial Estate to a business district.

Last night’s Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council meeting revealed the successful applications as: Shankill Tidy Towns Traders Group/Shankill Traders, Blackrock Business Network and IADT Media, Dundrum Town Centre Tenants Committee, Dalkey Business Group, Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholders Group, Dún Laoghaire Business Association, and Sandyford Business Estates Association.

The grants were established as part of the 2010 budget for the council to cover up to 50% of proposed expenditure to promote and market local business areas. The council says it will advertise a second round of funding in early August. The fund totals €300,000 with each of the six Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown electoral areas eligible for up to €50,000.

“The Council’s new Business Support Grants will encourage firms to work collectively to promote and sustain business activity in their area. The standard of applications was excellent and demonstrated the capacity of local business groups to develop creative initiatives that will attract trade to their areas,” said Wessel Badenhorst, economic development officer at the council.

List of approved grants:

The Shankill Tidy Towns Traders Group/Shankill Traders Association

Project Description: Creation of a “starting point” for Shankill Village at the bus stop opposite St Anne’s Church through a range of area improvement measures.

The Shankill Tidy Towns Traders Group/Shankill Traders Association

Project Description: Shankill Village Christmas Festival and Shankill “End of Summer” street entertainment.

Blackrock Business Network in collaboration with IADT Media Cube

Project Description: On-line and off-line marketing of an animation film competition to be showcased in Blackrock.

Blackrock Business Network

Project Description: “Blackrock Rocks” Family Day including street performances, jazz and classical performances, food stalls, fashion show and puppet show.

Dundrum Town Centre Tenants Committee

Project Description: Creation of a garden area for outdoor community activities.

Dalkey Business Group

Project Description: Renovation of public space to facilitate local markets, displays and street performances and enhance attractiveness of the village.

Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholders Group

Project Description: Marketing of DL Harbour and Town to Cruise operators.

Dun Laoghaire Business Association

Project Description: Christmas Lights display and festival.

Sandyford Business Estates Association

Project Description: Development of the SBEA website to include B2B capabilities and an interactive and creative platform for the business community in the Sandyford Business District.

Sandyford Business Estates Association

Project Description: ‘Destination Sandyford’ Marketing Initiative by home ware and furnishing retailers in the Sandyford Business District.

Sandyford Business Estates Association

Project Description: Sandyford Business District Communication and PR Campaign aimed at repositioning Sandyford from an Industrial Estate to a Business District.

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