Leitrim County Council at the January Council meeting approved a second business incentive scheme aimed specifically at the Arts Craft and Artisan Food sectors.
What Is The Scheme Designed to Do?
This scheme is designed to promote the development of new businesses or expansion of existing businesses within the Arts Craft and Artisan Food sectors around the County.
It does this by encouraging the occupation of vacant premises in the County. Leitrim County Council will also support the improvement in appearance and attraction of the commercial properties around the County.
This initiative which forms part of the 2015 – 2021 Leitrim County Council Economic Strategy which sets out a vision for economic development and looks at innovative ways of growing the economic base in the county.
What Grant Relief Is Available?
Grant relief for the Art/Craft Studio or Art/Craft/Artisan Food Shops Scheme is as follows:
100% of the Commercial Rates paid a premises in years one to three of trading (that is in 12 month periods of trading)
This grant will be discharged by way of an offset against commercial rates due on the premises.
It is important that here must be no charges or rates due on the building at time of approval for grant aid. There will also be a variety of factors and conditions taking into account in assessing the application so you should carefully read the guidelines for the grant before applying. Leitrim County Council is currently open for applications for the new Arts/Craft and Artisan Foods scheme as well as for its similar existing Town Centre Incentive Scheme.
How Can I Apply?
You should read the guidelines provided by Leitrim County Council before applying, if you believe you have an eligible proposal you should complete an application form.
You can obtain the guidelines for applying HERE
You can get an application form HERE