Businesses within small settlement areas across the borough can now apply for funding to improve their façade and transform underused interior space.
The scheme will consist of two capital grant schemes, one for façade improvements up to a maximum of £3,000 and the other a Meanwhile Use grant up to £20,000.
Businesses who are eligible to apply under the scheme must be located with the boundaries of small rural settlements where there is a population between 1,000 to 4,999. Both grants can provide funding up to 80% towards eligible costs and applications must provide a minimum of 20% match funding towards the project.
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Paul Greenfield said,
“With this grant scheme we are able to make a significant investment in revitalizing our small rural towns and villages, by helping businesses to make improvements to the front of their premises, making them more vibrant and welcoming.
“With the other funding scheme providing businesses with the opportunity to transform underused interior space, whether that is, bringing it back into use or reconfiguring the interior for better utilisation.”
The eligible small settlements areas are:
The scheme will open for applications from Wednesday 9th November and will close at 12noon on Thursday 1st December 2022.
A number of information workshops have been arranged for businesses to attend, including an online workshop.
Funding has been secured in collaboration with the Department for Communities (DFC) and the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to deliver a Covid Recovery Small Settlement Regeneration Programme.
For more information on the grant scheme, application process, guidance notes and workshops click here: www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/smallsettlements