The Ashford Town Centre Support Grants scheme is made up of two grant streams:
Shop Improvement Grant
A grant of up to £3,000 for a business that can demonstrate they are due to undertake needed improvements to their premises in the town centre.
This grant covers 75% of the costs and can help fund external renovations to premises, including repainting, repairs, signage, or internal repairs and improvements, the installation of energy efficiency measures and non-fixed improvements such as commercial furniture or appliances.
Empty Premises Grant
A grant of up to £10,000 for a business that can demonstrate they are bringing a unit in the town centre back into use and needs support for the refurbishment.
This grant covers 75% of the costs and can help fund external and internal works, as well as any energy efficiency measures or fit-out work that is needed.
The grants programme is financed from Ashford’s remaining share of the government’s Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG). Therefore, the funds are limited and have a limited time to be used.
Applications are initially due to be open from 21 October 2021 to 5 December 2021. Businesses can check if they are eligible and find out how to apply via the Council’s website.
Cllr Nathan Iliffe, portfolio holder for regeneration and corporate property, said: “Throughout the pandemic, the council helped thousands of businesses stay afloat during a turbulent period for the business community.
“Now, this additional support grant will focus on those town centre businesses who need further support and we hope Ashford Town Centre recover after the Covid-19 pandemic and achieve its full potential moving forward.”