Moate is one of six towns and villages in Westmeath to benefit from a new fund to enhance streetscapes and shopfronts announced by government this week.
The Streetscape Enhancement Initiative is designed to make rural towns and villages within the county more attractive places in which to live, work and visit.
Under the scheme, property owners in Moate will be provided with funding to improve the facades of their buildings, carry out artwork and install features such as canopies and street furniture.
The towns and villages to part avail of the €7 million fund announced by Minister Heather Humphreys were selected by the Westmeath County Council, which will now begin the process of advertising locally for applications.
The types of projects to be supported include strategic collaboration between property owners to paint buildings or shopfronts in vibrant colours, commissioning of murals in towns and villages, upgrade or restoration of historic/traditional shopfront, provision of street planting, shrubbery, trees and flowers boxes, illumination and lighting of architectural features, installation of canopies and street furniture and decluttering of streetscapes with removal of unnecessary signs/wires.