Folkestone & Hythe High Streets Fund

Folkestone & Hythe High Streets Fund

The F&H High Streets Fund is open for applications

The District Council has established a High Streets grant scheme to support improvements and encourage new and innovative ideas to help our high streets adapt and thrive in the future.

Folkestone & Hythe High Street Fund – UPDATE COVID-19

The Folkestone & Hythe High Street Fund was launched in October 2019 with the aim of supporting projects to drive the regeneration of our town centre and high streets.

UPDATE March 2021:

Due to recent resource pressures to administer COVID business grants, there has been a delay in scheduling Decision Panels. We are now activity working new applications received since the last Decision Panel held end of September 2020.

The fund remains open but new applications will be prioritised by date order.

What does this mean if you have already received confirmation of a successful application?

We will continue to process claims where projects have been successfully completed in line with the terms of the signed Grant Agreement and where evidence is submitted as required in support of any financial claims.

We offer grants from £5,000 to £50,000 to:

  • Bring high street properties back into commercial use
  • Upgrade and adapt commercial properties which improve their appearance
  • Improve the townscape, such as the introduction of signage, new route ways, new public realm
  • Introduce technology and new innovative products to support the development of commercial operations
  • Bring forward initiatives and events to increase the vitality of the high street
  • work towards developing a project as a precursor to a further application to the fund or other funding source.

The grants will cover up to 50% of the total project cost, in normal circumstances, but up to 100% grants will be considered in special cases.

High Streets eligible for grants

The following high streets are eligible for grant funding. The specific properties eligible for funding within these high streets are shown on the downloadable maps.

  1. Folkestone
  2. Cheriton
  3. Sandgate
  4. Hythe
  5. Dymchurch
  6. New Romney
  7. Lydd
  8. Hawkinge
  9. Lyminge
  10. Sellindge
  11. Elham

Terms and Conditions

Grant applications must be made and approved before any works take place. Quotes for work must be provided:

  • Grants over £5,000: at least two quotes where possible
  • Grants below £5,000: one quote

Evidence of the total project cost must be provided, where the grant equates to less than 100% of the total project cost.

Questions or further information

If you have any questions about the application please contact Lorraine Smith 01303 853274 lorraine.smith@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk)

Who can apply for a grant?

  • Freeholders of commercial property
  • Leaseholders of commercial property with at least 5 years left in their lease (when the work is anticipated to be complete). The leaseholder must have the written permission of the freeholder of the property
  • Town and parish councils and other public sector organisations or CICs with an interest in the high street

How to apply

Download and complete the application form below

F&H High Streets Fund Application Form

Submit your completed application with additional information to

economy@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk

What happens after you apply?

Completed applications, with all the required paperwork, will be assessed quarterly.  Once the application has been assessed we will contact you to let you know the decision.

When will the grant be paid?

After a grant has been approved you will enter into a legal agreement with the council for the grant and the money will be paid as set out in the agreement and when evidence of expenditure has been provided (VAT invoices).

Successful projects

Appendix Summary of approved High Street Fund Applications

A total of 33 external grants have been awarded district wide.  Below is a summary of the 11 projects successfully delivered via a F&H High Street Fund grant award.

 

Folkestone

The fund supported the complete renovation of a local Mexican restaurant in line with granted planning permission which included the installation of toilet facilities for disabled people.

Grant awarded £45,000                                                    Match funding 50%

Expanded CCTV programme for Cheirton (complete) and Folkestone Town Centre (underway).  Enabling CSU members direct access.

Grant awarded £50,000                                                    Match funding 38%

Support for the refurbishment of existing basement area, accelerating the delivery of a scheme for a a marketplace scheme for artisan food producers and additional on site kitchen capacity (bakery and pizza)

Grant awarded £33,000                                                    Match funding 50%

Support of external shop front works, including painting of external façade and door shutters.

Grant awarded £1,250                                                       Match funding 50%

Internal refit in support of better training facilities for local trainees and apprentices within the health and beauty business.

Grant awarded £8,496                                                       Match funding 50%

Delivery of a themed Escape Room in a vacant retail building in support of improving the leisure offer and a local heritage asset.

Grant awarded £45,000                                                    Match funding 57%

Shop front refurbishment including the reintatement of awnings and other heritage features and the fit out of basement to enable studio space for future community based workshops

Grant awarded £22,000                                                    Match funding 44%

 

Dymchurch

Levelling and resurfacing the entire Parish Council Car Park used extensively by users of the high street.  Improving user safety by removing pot holes and increasing capacity by marking car parking bays; also encouraging greener journeys with the provision of an electric car charging point.

Grant awarded £27,000                                                    Match funding 50%

As part of a wider refurbishment programme of Martello 24, funding was awarded for new educational displays and a scaled model of the tower as part of the enhancement of visitor experience.

Grant awarded £9,000                                                       Match funding 100%

 

Sandgate

Installation of CCTV along Sandgate High Street and car park to improve perception of safety by users of the high street.

Grant awarded £3,500                                                       Match funding 50%

 

New Romney

Support for installation of new windows and widening of doors to enable better access for disabled people.

Grant award £2,469                                                           Match funding 81%

 

Other grants awarded

Folkestone & Cheriton

Purchase of lighting in support of future events/Christmas

Grant award £5,000                                                           Match funding 14%

External refurbishment of food and beverage premises to improve street scene

Grant award £7,500                                                           Match funding 50%

Delivery of permanent art installation as part of festival of light to increase footfall

Grant award £10,000                                                         Match funding 50%

Support business growht and restaurant set-up in vacant building

Grant award £22,987                                                         Match funding 50%

Eternal shop front repairs and refurb, to shop front in Guildhall St to improve street scene

Grant award £3,000                                                           Match funding 9%

External refurb and kitchen fit-out in support expansion of business

Grant award £13,450                                                         Match funding 50%

External façade works to empty retail unit to improve street scene

Grant award £20,000                                                         Match funding 20%

Planting scheme for Cheriton High Street

Grant award £1,600                                                           Match funding 100%

 

 

Decals and refurb of shop frontage, disabled access and community space

Grant award £7,873.50                                                      Match funding 42%

 

Hythe

Occupation of vacant premises and support in delivery of grocers, deli, café and makery

Grant award £22,000                                                         Match funding 13%

 

Public realm improvements including flower baskets and decorative display

Grant award £5,100                                                           Match funding 50%

 

Contribution to restoration of former listed Bank building

Grant award £10,083                                                         Match funding 50%

 

Support delivery of external façade repair and renovation, improving street scene

Grant award £10,000                                                         Match funding 48%

 

Building refurbishment of vacant building and conversion to office space

Grant award £10,000                                                         Match funding 13%

 

New vegan café delivery, supporting external and internal shop changes

Grant award £2,560                                                           Match funding 50%

 

New Romney

Internal works to deliver additional services within a pharmacy

Grant award £5,500                                                           Match funding 14%

 

Shop frontage works

Grant award £5,000                                                           Match funding 95%

 

Shop façade repairs and improvements

Grant award £1,290                                                           Match funding 50%

 

Replacement of existing windows and other shop frontage works

Grant award £6,000                                                           Match funding 88%

 

Replacement of existing windows and other shop frontage works

Grant award £4,800                                                           Match funding 50%

 

Sandgate

Public realm improvements

Grant award £45,000                                                         Match funding 100%

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