How much grant funding is available?

The Love Your High Street fund will aim to make total grants of around £400,000 per year over a three year period, beginning early Summer 2019.

For individuals

The minimum total project spend is £1000 (ex. VAT), of which you would receive back £500.

The maximum total project spend is £10,000 (ex. VAT), of which you would receive back £5,000.

You will be expected to contribute 50% of the total project spend from your own money; this could be from savings, family or friends, a loan or other funding.

Example:If you spend a total of £5000 (ex. VAT), we will give you £2500 on production of the original receipts.

For groups of businesses

If a group of businesses want to collaborate in a venture to, for example, paint a parade of shop fronts or site some street furniture, then your combined individual application for grants can contribute up to 50% of the project, subject to the maximum individual £5000 business limit.

Requirements

Are you a registered business?

Which town will your business idea impact?

Can you fund and deliver your ideas yourself?

Don't quite meet all the requirements? Don't worry, get in touch for a chat and we'll see if we can help.

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The application process

Stage 1

You will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) which will be reviewed and supported by a business adviser to ensure the fit with the overall scheme.

This EOI should demonstrate your proposal and how the improvements will benefit the local area, making it more attractive to visitors. You will also need to demonstrate your ability to contribute 50% of the total project cost yourself.

Once agreed your application fits the criteria, you will be asked to complete Stage 2 of the application.

Applications can only be submitted online.

Stage 2

This is the full application on which the panel will make its decision to award or decline the grant.

You will be asked to provide full details of your proposal including timescales, delivery information, cash flow management (as grants are only paid in arrears following completion of the project) and three quotes for any items that will be paid for by this fund.


Your application will be scored by a panel made up of senior council officers, elected ward members and a nominated, local town/chamber representative. Decisions will be made within 1 month of applying.

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We have business advisers at all our centres who are happy to discuss your ideas and to help with your application. Find your nearest centre, and get in touch to make an appointment:

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