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Capital Grant for Improvements to High street businesses, including better accessibility

A capital grant fund is available to a limited number of small or medium sized High Street businesses (with a turnover less than € 50 m euros per annum) within Staffordshire Moorlands.

Grants will be awarded where the greatest impact and improvement can be achieved to businesses located on High Streets. For the purpose of this grant a High Street is defined as a cluster of 15 or more businesses within 150 metres.

Please note that applicants will need to demonstrate that their property is in a High Street location as defined by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Ordnance Survey (OS) - a "high street must be a named street predominately consisting of retailing, defined by a cluster of 15 or more retail addresses within 150 metres".

The Staffordshire Moorlands UKSPF Board have decided that greater weight will be given to applications coming from Biddulph, Blythe Bridge and Cheadle.

The aim is to improve the accessibility and/or attractiveness of retail premises to increase customers footfall and profitability.

Priority will be given to those projects which result in the creation of new jobs.

Minimum grant award £1,000 

Maximum grant award £9,000 

You may submit a higher amount however there is no guarantee of funding - this will depend on the number of applications received and the strength of the project in terms of delivery of the deliverables below.

The grant rate is up to 80% of the total eligible project cost.

The expected deliverables from this grant will include:-

  • Retail spaces completed or improved (M2)
  • Jobs created as a result of support
  • Jobs safeguarded as a result of support (jobs must be at risk prior to the award)
  • Improved accessibility
  • Estimated Carbon dioxide equivalent reductions as a result of support  Decrease in tonnes of CO2e should be measured using BEIS Conversion Factors for calculating resulting primary energy savings.
  • Increased footfall
  • Increased visitor numbers

Open to all freehold owners and lease-holders with at least 2 years on their lease and tenants of premises with retail shop-frontage facing the street.

Tenants must have the building owners' prior approval.

For this grant, retail includes:

  • Shops - including hairdressers, beauty salons, butchers, funeral directors, greengrocers, laundrettes, dry cleaners etc.
  • Restaurants, public houses, cafes and food takeaways.

Typical projects may include:

  • Improvements to the accessibility of premises including internal layout improvements
  • Improved attractiveness of the exterior of premises.
  • Technology to improve the service offered to disabled customers.

Grants will be funded from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Rural England Prosperity Fund.

Eligible items may include capital items - lasting assets such as a building improvements or equipment - you must spend grants on assets such as a building or equipment which are expected to be used for a period of at least one year.

All successful project applicants must have completed their project, spend and claimed all of the grant by 31st January 2025 at the latest.

Applicants should note that if successful in a grant award they will be required to procure any items required in compliance with UKSPF procurement guidelines.

The grant award will not cover or include any recoverable VAT incurred by your organisation and you should make your own enquiries of HMRC as to the recoverability of any VAT your organisation incurs.

Applicants will be paid in arrears for the work on completion.

All applications must take consideration of how the activity outlined will deliver in line with UK subsidy control requirements - if your organisation likely to receive more than £315,000 in grants over a three-year period it may not be eligible. Grant offers will not be made where the funding for an improvement has been, or can be, provided by another source such as Staffordshire County Council, Town or Parish Councils, Peak District National Park Authority, National funds or your own funds

Applications will be assessed by Council Officers and a recommendation made to the  Staffordshire Moorlands UK Shared Prosperity Board for decision

Further information will be required if your application is approved as part of a due diligence exercise followed by a Grant Offer Letter (Agreement) setting out the terms and conditions and required outcomes.

Further details of general business grant guidance can be found in the UKSPF Business Grant Guidance document.

Applications are now open and will remain open until 31/12/2024 or until the funding is depleted.

For further information please contact