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Extended support to open a high street business

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    The deadline to apply for a Vacant Commercial Property Grant has been extended to Monday 30 September 2024.

    Grants from £2,500 up to £10,000 are available to help you start trading from a city centre or local high street property. The amount of funding depends on the length of lease or rental agreement.

    Funding can be used for capital expenditure including structural works to a property or equipment to be used in the property. Applicants will need to match the amount they’re awarded by 20 per cent.

    The grant is open to businesses, charities, community interest companies (CICs), sole traders and arts and culture groups for both long term and temporary or meanwhile use.

    Since the launch of the Vacant Commercial Property Grant in November 2021, the council’s Economic Development team has received over 540 enquiries and supported 115 new and expanding small businesses, charities and social enterprises allocating £991,000 in grants to open new shops and premises.

    Visit our website for information on the Vacant Commercial Property Grant. The page includes guidance notes, the application form and case studies of some of the successful applicants who have received this funding.

    Applications must be received before 11.59pm on Monday 30 September 2024, and successful applicants must start trading from the funded property by Friday 31 January 2025.

    End date: 11:59pm on Monday September 30th, 2024