The deadline for applications is Monday 15 October 2012.
We have launched a local grant scheme to help revitalise the borough's three town centres, as part of the government's High Street Innovation Programme. A total grant of £100,000 has been awarded to Swale, and has been allocated to the three main town centres as follows:
We are asking local groups to come forward with a range of ideas to help make the borough's town centres the busy, bustling places they should be. We are encouraging locally minded people to work together and develop proposals to improve their towns. Bids will need to be creative and innovative, and will need to demonstrate commitment from those involved. Local trader, voluntary and community groups will be able to bid for part or all of the funding available in their town.
Bids could be for all or part of the money available for each town, but we would expect to see substantial proposals that will make a real and lasting impact on town centres. We expect any smaller projects to be pulled together into a more substantial programme that may require town centre stakeholders and groups to work together, both through the bidding process and in delivery. Successful bids will need to demonstrate a strategic and collaborative approach and show enthusiasm and commitment to make a real difference.
For groups interested in submitting bids, we will be organising workshops in each of the town centres during September where further support and guidance will be available.
It is essential that you read the guidance notes before making an application.
Applications are made by completing and submitting the Application Form. Apply for the High Street Innovation Fund using our online form.
Please note, the deadline for applications is Monday 15 October 2012.
The criteria below will be used to assess the suitability of projects to be supported through the High Street Innovation Fund. Applications will need to demonstrate how they will meet one or more of the following criteria:
Applications should also demonstrate value for money and benefit to the local community.
The outcomes below will used to assess the suitability of projects to be supported through the High Street Innovation Fund. Applications will need to demonstrate one or more of the following outcomes:
Grants will be discretionary and an assessment panel will make the final funding decisions. Successful applicants will be notified by Jill Read Regeneration Officer (Town Centres).
It is expected that the number of bids for grants will exceed the available resources. So the set criteria will be used to prioritise bids.
Please be aware that your offer of a grant may be conditional upon your return of further information to us. The conditions could include:
Monitoring arrangements will be agreed as part of any grant offer. We will also require evidence, through relevant invoices or accounts, of how the grant has been spent.
In addition, the grant is contingent upon projects and activities being delivered to meet the set criteria. In the event that such activities are not delivered, we reserve the right to request repayment of the grant.
You are strongly advised to seek advice and support regarding completion of the application form from Jill Read, Regeneration Officer (Town Centres).
Please contact Jill Read at firstname.lastname@example.org.