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Commercial Improvement Grant

The Commercial Improvement Grant will provide support for the improvements and maintenance works to enhance the front elevation of retail properties in the Vale of Glamorgan and improve the quality of the internal trading area including accessibility.  

The improvements will be expected to contribute to a positive impact on the street scene, creating a more attractive, vibrant and safer environment which will increase retail activity, boost footfall and stimulate further private sector investment.  

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Who is eligible: 

Businesses and owners of commercial and retail properties throughout the Vale of Glamorgan within town centres, other shopping districts and vacant properties. 

The grant can contribute 70% towards the cost of eligible works up to a maximum grant of £2,000*.


What can it fund:  

  • Painting of the front elevation (the colour scheme must be agreed in advance with the Council)

  • Repair, repointing and cleaning of stonework or render

  • Repairs to glazing, doors and shopfronts

  • Repair or reinstatement of rainwater goods

  • Repairs to original features

  • Repair or installation of signage (non-illuminated)

  • Powder coating of existing roller shutter doors

  • Small scale shop modifications (internal) 

  • Improved accessiblity (external and internal)


What cannot be funded:  

  • Works already being carried out or completed

  • Fees for statutory consents, e.g. planning


If you are interested in making an application to the Commercial Improvement Grant please read the guidance notes before completing the application form. 


*If you need to erect scaffold or hire a skip to undertake the work, the grant scheme can make an additional contribution towards these specific costs.  This will also be a maximum of a 70% contribution (up to a maximum additional grant of £300). 



Frequently Asked Questions:  

  • What counts as match funding?  How do I evidence this?
    Match funding has to be funding that has been secured already and cannot be speculative.  This could include cash from business reserves, a bank loan, or another grant scheme.  Evidence could be in the form of an award letter from a grant funding scheme or bank, or a bank statment with appropriate cleared funds. 
  • How much match funding do I need?  

    You are required to have a total of 30% of your project costs as match funding, e.g. total project costs £2,000


    Grant request £1,400

    Match funding £600

  • When is the grant closing to applications? 
     The grant scheme does not presently have a closing date, but we are giving out the grant on a first come first served basis.  Once the grant funding has been fully allocated to projects, we will be closing for applications.
  • I have submitted an application, when can I start my project? 
    You cannot start your project until you have had it approved and have received a funding letter from us. 


For further information, please contact the Economic Development team:







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