These guidance notes are provided to help you understand the aims of the Business Front Improvement Grant Scheme and how you can make a grant application.
Business fronts are an important part of the business identity and building’s façade. They make a big impact on the appearance of a town. They contribute to people’s first impression of a town and their condition affects a town’s image. High quality business fronts make a town feel more welcoming to locals and visitors, improve its image, contribute towards a stronger sense of identity, and, importantly, encourage a greater number of visits to the town for business or leisure.
The business front improvement grant scheme aims to improve shop fronts in selected areas as a means of supporting the growth of local businesses, improving the local environment, and raising the image of the town amongst locals and visitors.
The grant scheme is funded through two funding allocations. These are through the Ulverston Business Improvement District (BID) and the former South Lakeland District Council (SLDC).
The total amount available for funding through this scheme is £10,000 allocating up to £500.00 per business (match funded)
WHO CAN APPLY?
All businesses with premises located within the Our Ulverston BID area and who pay their yearly Levy to the BID. It is aimed for businesses that are looking to fix, upgrade and improve their business frontage and properties that have been vacant for a minimum period of 6 months are eligible to apply to the fund. Leaseholders with a commercial business lease must have at least 3 years left on the lease and the landlords written permissions.
Examples of eligible commercial premises include:
If you are unsure whether your business will qualify for a grant, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and information.
The scheme will provide funding up to a limit of £500.00 which must equate to 50% of the cost of delivery of works. The other 50% must be covered by your business. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of this.
Grants are discretionary and subject to availability of funds. The inclusion of a building within the eligible area does not give any automatic entitlement to a grant. The scheme will not support works which have already been undertaken or any works which are started prior to a formal offer of grant funding being made.
There are a limited number of grants available so where the scheme is oversubscribed, a system of prioritisation will be put in place. In such cases priority will be given to improvements that would be seen to have the most impact. Subject to availability of funding, applications for funding must be made by June 30th 2024 and works completed by December 31st 2024.
Map of the BID area – Is available in the Business Plan available on www.ulverstonbid.org.uk
WHAT WILL THE SCHEME FUND?
‘Like for like replacement is a repair (except in the case of listed buildings in some instances) but alteration is the introduction of new fabric or modification of existing fabric to a different design to that which existed previously. The comprehensive replacement of fabric even like for like may constitute an alteration in the case of a listed building where historic fabric may have intrinsic historic significance.’
The scheme will not support:
IN ORDER TO CONSIDER YOUR APPLICATION, WE REQUIRE THE FOLLOWING:
PROCESSING YOUR APPLICATION
We will make a decision on your application within four to six weeks of receiving a complete application. Applications will be considered by the directors of Ulverston BID. All grant offers will be made in writing.
HOW WILL THE GRANT BE PAID
The Grant will only be paid directly to the business on submission of receipted invoices and
upon satisfactory completion of the outlined work. Claims of eligible expenditure incurred must be supported by a fully transparent audit trail traceable through invoices and bank statements (the improvements are not to be paid in cash).
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
HOW CAN I APPLY?
If you are interested in applying for a grant, please download and fill out the application form or email email@example.com