Facelift for Northern Ireland towns on Giro d'Italia route
Five towns and cities are to get £145,000 to spruce themselves up ahead of the Giro d'Italia bike race in May.
Armagh, Glengormley, Ballycastle, Larne and Carrickfergus will use the funding to improve the appearance of properties and derelict sites located along the race routes.
The race, which starts and finishes in Belfast, is routed through Co Antrim and work is being undertaken in towns through which the race will pass. On the following day the race starts on The Mall in Armagh and finishes in Dublin.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said: "I share with my Executive colleagues our delight in being able to stage this prestigious event, which will attract mass interest and media coverage across so many of our towns.
"The funding will be used to improve business premises, buildings and derelict sites which may be seen by millions of viewers across the globe.
"We want to make sure that Northern Ireland can deliver these types of events and that local areas gain benefits that are lasting."