Town Centre Property Improvement Grant
The Town Centre Property Improvement Grant, supported by the Welsh Government Transforming Towns Programme, has been established to support businesses in town centres and cities to develop and upgrade their properties. We acknowledge that town centre businesses have, and continue to, face an economically challenging time.
The grant is available for independent, small and medium sized businesses who operate or plan to operate in Town and City Centres in Gwynedd.
The main purpose of the fund is to try and make a tangible difference to the appearance of our town and city centres making them more attractive places to visit and work; encouraging people to spend their time and money there. The Council will, therefore, support improvements to business premises within the main commercial centre (generally the high street - or similar - and locations immediately adjacent)
Two support options are available:
- Development Grant- Support as a business starts on the work of developing a regeneration plan in a commercial property; or
- Implementation Grant- Support for physical improvements to commercial property.
The grant is available to independent, small and medium sized businesses and enterprises in the following locations in Gwynedd. Businesses will need to be located within the main commercial centres in these locations.
- Blaenau Ffestiniog
Businesses who are registered for business rates with Gwynedd Council will be eligible along with businesses that possess or have applied for the required statutory permissions.
For planning enquiries in Gwynedd (outside Snowdonia National Park), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For enquiries within Snowdonia National Park, please contact email@example.com
* the applicant will be responsible for any costs associated with any permission
Additionally, the business will need to:
- Have public liability insurance;
- Be below the De Minimus Aid threshold from the EU or 'small amounts of financial aid' grant (as defined in Article 364, paragraph 4 of the UK-EU Trade and Collaboration Agreement) during the previous three years (Details in the Guidance Note)
Chain National and International companies are not eligible for support.
Subject to your application, the minimum amount that can be awarded is £2,000 and the maximum is £10,000. The contribution can be up to 50% of the value of the work.
Subject to your application, the minimum amount that can be awarded is £2,500 and the maximum is £25,000. The contribution can be up to 70% of the value of the work.
The money must have been claimed before 1 March 2022.
The grant is now open for applications and it is on a first come, first served basis.
Before applying make sure that you have the following to submit with the application:
- Photographs of the building;
- Quotes for the work.
Please note that the electronic system does not automatically save the information provided over a period of time. It is therefore advised that all information is to hand when applying.
Funding for development work that will give businesses an opportunity to target capital grants to realise their plans. The building must be located within the town's commercial boundary. The following are examples of what would be eligible:
- Architect fees;
- Surveyor fees;
- Structural / condition surveys;
- Options assessment;
Only development work that is associated with the building is eligible. Documents associated with the individual business, such as Business Plans, cannot be funded.
Funding for external capital work that will upgrade commercial property. The building must be located within the town's commercial boundary. The following are examples of what would be eligible:
- Upgrading works to the building;
- New windows and doors;
- New signage
The labour of individuals on their property will not be considered to be eligible.
If the property in question is subject to a rental/lease agreement then the tenant should have a lease with 7 years or more remaining at the date of the application and should have secured their landlord’s written consent to the proposed works.
The work must meet health and safety requirements and the business will be responsible for obtaining insurance and for the proper and safe maintenance of any work.
This Fund is fully allocated based on a first come, first served basis for complete and eligible applications. We are trying to secure additional funding but there is NO certainty of this.
Town centre property improvement grant guidance notes
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org