Shop front grants for retailers

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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.

As part of its commitment to supporting the economy in communities across the district, the council has today launched a Shop Front Grant Scheme that aims to enhance the appearance of shop frontages and ultimately increase the number of shoppers on the high streets.

The scheme, which is an element of the Rural Development Fund, can cover the following work: painting, repairs to windows and doors, signage, bird-proofing, repair of replacement canopy and reinstatement of historical, original or traditional 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 available, subject to the application meeting the scheme’s criteria.

Coun Adam Grist said: “The council truly values the district’s independent retailers and this scheme could be of great benefit to many businesses.”

The Shop Front Grant Scheme cannot fund work to shop fronts that have already commenced.

Details via www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/businessfunding.