Ashford Town Centre Support Grants
The Ashford Town Centre Support Grant provides support to landlords or tenants to make improvements to their business premises and attract investment into Ashford town centre. The two grant schemes can provide 75% of the cost of works, up to a limit of £3,000 or £10,000, that need to be carried out to undertake work such as repairs, renovations, energy efficiency improvements or fit-outs to units.
The grant is funded from the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) (Discretionary) which has been provided by Government to councils to support businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ashford Borough Council has pro-actively used this funding since November 2020 to issue support grants to over 400 businesses across the borough, helping to safeguard approximately 800 jobs.
The deadline for this round of applications is 11.59pm on 5 December 2021. Depending on the number of applications we receive, the council may consider further rounds after this date.
Please read the full policy attached on this page and take a look at each grant’s page for further information.
Note: works allowed under these grant schemes will likely require Planning Permission (such as Listed Building Consent, Advertising Consent or similar). Ashford Town Centre is largely within a Conservation Area so you will need to consider the design and impact of your project. Please click on the relevant guidance below to see what you will need to consider and how to contact the Planning department about your project or how to submit a planning application.
Also, due to lead in times for planning applications, only grant applications submitted before 5 December 2021 that require planning permissions will be accepted. Please ensure you read the planning information and consider the need for planning permission before submitting a grant application.
- Conservation Areas information
- Listed Building Consent
- Do I need planning permission?
- Local Plan to 2030
- Government's Guide on advertisement and signs 2007
Policy and Applications
Frequently Asked Questions
+ I have recently finished this type of work to a property in the town centre so why can’t I apply for this grant retrospectively?
Government grants are available to support improvements not able to be delivered through commercial investment, so if businesses have already invested commercially, they will not be eligible for this grant.
The grants are also intended to provide the most impact possible within the limited budget and therefore we would focus on work that builds on the amazing investments we’ve seen recently to ensure improvements and investment continue.
We understand that each project will be different and that there may be elements that need to be discussed. The Economic Development Team and the Town Centre Regeneration Manager are on hand to answer your questions and support you. Please email the team on email@example.com to speak to us about your project.