Six towns and villages in Limerick are set to benefit from a new €7 million fund.
The funds have been made available to develop and enhance streetscapes and shop fronts.
Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock, Rathkeale, Askeaton and Bruff have all been nominated for funding.
The €7 million funds will be divided across 124 towns and villages across the country.
"This unique initiative is about making our rural towns and villages more attractive and welcoming places for locals and visitors alike," said Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD. "Whether it is painting buildings in vibrant colours, upgrading shop fronts or installing canopies or street furniture – this fund will provide a welcome boost to rural communities the length and breadth of the country. We all know that even the most modest of improvements to our buildings and streetscapes can make a huge difference. And so over the coming weeks, local authorities will work closely with businesses and property owners to give our towns and villages the facelift they deserve."
Minister Humphreys encouraged business and property owners in the selected towns and villages who wish to apply for funds to contact their local authority.
"I am really looking forward to seeing the sort of proposals that are put forward over the coming weeks," she said. "I have no doubt the projects funded this initiative will make a huge difference to our rural towns and villages and, most importantly, the families who live there."