Council has secured funding in collaboration with the Department for Communities (DFC) and the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to deliver a Commercial Facade Improvement scheme and Meanwhile Use grant scheme as part of the COVID – 19 Recovery Small Settlement Regeneration Programme.
This is a capital grant scheme, with two tiers aimed at supporting businesses located with Small Settlements with a population between 1000 and 4999.
Eligible areas include:-
Eligible Areas include:-
*Please note the property must been located within the settlement limits of the small settlement.
Tier 1 – Small Settlement Facade Grant aims to support businesses to improve their facade, while creating a more welcoming environment to existing/new customers while also enhancing the wider benefits for the small settlement. The maximum grant value to applicants under this scheme will be £3,000. If you are VAT registered, your grant will be paid on the nett amount.
Tier 2 – Small Settlement Meanwhile Space Grant aims to help businesses transform underused space. The grant will be used to improve and reconfigure the interior of the building so it can be brought into use or better utilised, thus creating more opportunities for start-ups/growth of existing businesses and overall benefit the local economy. The maximum grant value to applicants under this scheme will be £20,000. If you are VAT registered, your grant will be paid on the nett amount.
Both schemes can provide funding up to 80% towards eligible costs up to maximum of £20,000 per property for a Meanwhile Use Project and up to £3,000 for a Facade Grant. Applications must provide a minimum of 20% match funding contribution towards the project.
A link to the Guidance notes and an application will be available from 2:30pm on Wednesday 9th November 2022.
To find out more, Information Workshops are being held on:-