High Street Improvement Scheme
In addition to the Market Town Regeneration Fund, we have launched a £1 million capital fund to deliver a high street improvement scheme that will revitalise our 11 market towns through improvements to shop fronts and tackling vacant retail units.
How to apply for funding
To apply for funding, you need to:
- contact your town council to discuss your proposals and check your location is within the town centre boundary (contact details below)
- download and read our guidance notes and expression of interest form (PDF 245.7KB)
- submit the completed expression of interest form to your town council
The scheme will be delivered in three rounds, and businesses who wish to apply must do so by the deadline of one of these rounds:
- round 1: Thursday, 1 September 2016
- round 2: Tuesday, 1 November 2016
- round 3: Wednesday, 1 February 2017
- round 4: Monday, 1 May 2017
||66 Dunstable Street
|Phone: 01525 404355
Web: www.ampthilltowncouncil.org.uk (link opens in new window)
||The Old Court House
4 Saffron Road
|Phone: 01767 313134
Web: www.biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
76 High Street North
|Phone: 01582 513000
Web: www.dunstable.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
||The Rufus Centre
|Phone: 01525 631900
Website: www.flitwick.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
||The White House
|Phone: 01525 631920
Web: www.leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
||The Community Centre
|Phone: 01767 260086
||10 Cambridge Road
|Phone: 01767 681491
Web: www.sandytowncouncil.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
||Shefford Town Council
Shefford House, 15 High Street
||The Simpson Centre
|Phone: 01462 730064
Web: www.stotfoldtowncouncil.gov.uk (link opens in new window)
The town council will then host a panel to decide which expressions of interest progress to the detailed application stage, a form for which will be provided by the town council when required.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the scheme.
The scheme offers grants to high street businesses to make improvements to their business premises to create attractive shop frontages that attract more visitors and shoppers onto the high street.
The scheme, which will be delivered from September 2016 to March 2018 takes a managed approach in partnership with town councils and this partnership will be critical to the success of the scheme.
How the funding will work
Businesses will be eligible to apply for a capital improvement grant if they meet certain criteria, such as the business being an ‘independent’ and not part of a multiple chain of stores. Only those areas with participating town councils will be eligible for the scheme.
Grants of up to £20,000 (and in exceptional cases up to £50,000) will be available to enable businesses to:
- carry out external redecoration to the front of the business
- improve a privately owned forecourt or threshold facing the high street
- improve or replace the existing fascia or signage
- replace windows or window frames and doors
- highlight ornate building features such as cornicing and other architectural features
- improve or replace exterior lighting
- provide new awnings
- create a new brand identity for signage purposes
- provide other capital shop front improvements
The scheme will fund up to 60 per cent of required works (with 40 per cent coming from private and other public sector sources) and will include design / build costs and any planning permission fees required. Grants cannot be used retrospectively to fund works that have already been carried out.