Shop Front Grant Scheme launched in East Lindsey

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Independent retail businesses in East Lindsey can now get a helping hand from the District Council if they want to improve their shop fronts.

East Lindsey District Council has today (November 20) launched a Shop Front Grant Scheme that aims to enhance the appearance of shop frontages and ultimately increase the number of shoppers on the local high streets.

The scheme, which is an element of the Rural Development Fund, can cover works such as painting, repairs to windows, doors or stonework, signage, bird-proofing, repair or replacement of a canopy, and the reinstatement of historical or original architectural features.

Independent retailers can apply to the Council for up to 75 per cent of a project’s costs through the Shop Front Grant Scheme, with a maximum grant of £3,000 being available, subject to the application meeting the Scheme’s criteria.

Portfolio Holder for Market Town and Rural Economy, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “East Lindsey is fortunate to have so many independent retailers who create a unique and special shopping environment.

“The Council is aware that the appearance of a High Street makes a real different to the overall shopping experience and through the Shop Front Grant Scheme the Council wants to give businesses that do have an aspiration to improve their shop frontages a financial helping hand. The Council truly values the District’s independent retailers and this Grant Scheme could be of great benefit to many businesses.”

Please note that the Shop Front Grant Scheme cannot fund works to shop fronts that have already commenced.

• For more information on the Shop Front Grant Scheme, including terms and conditions and details of how to apply, visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/businessfunding