Gainsborough Town Partnership has launched a new grant scheme to help businesses improve the appearance of their shop fronts.
Grants of up to £2,00 will be available to new business, while existing traders can apply for up to £1,000.
“This is a great opportunity and one that I urge businesses to take advantage of,” said Gainsborough town manager Samantha Dodd.
“The aim of the scheme is to increase occupancy levels within the town centre, whilst attracting new businesses.”
“Improving the existing shop frontages will also create a more pleasant environment for visitors and residents which in turn will increase footfall and encourage spend within the town.”
“Independent businesses within Gainsborough town centre are eligible to apply under the scheme.”
“We are looking forward to working together with local businesses to make Gainsborough’s High Street more attractive,” she added.
There are two different types of grant available under the scheme.
The first is open to new businesses who are taking on a unit that has been vacant for more than one month, while the second is open to existing businesses.
Both grants can be used to fund external improvements such as repairs to the shop front or new windows, doors and signage.
Existing businesses who want to make improvements can apply for up to £1,000 while new businesses moving into a vacant property may be eligible for up to £2,000.
Both types of grant must be 50 per cent match funded by the applicant.
Gainsborough Town Partnership is now inviting applications from local businesses for the grants.
For more information about the shop front grants or to get an application form, contact town manager Samantha Dodd by calling 07525985114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gainsborough Town Centre Partnership was established in 2007 to enhance the vitality and viability of the town and ensure it reaches its full potential.
It includes representatives from local businesses, the market, Gainsborough Chamber of Commerce and Marshall’s Yard together with West Lindsey District Council, Gainsborough Town Council and Lincolnshire County Council.
The partnership has already been involved in a number of schemes including improvements in the Market Place, Lord Street and Silver Street; improvements to Gainsborough market and new pedestrian signage and town maps.