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Building Grant information

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Eligible project works include shop fronts, windows, roofs, rainwater goods and structural repairs.

Grant funding is available for up to 73.5 per cent of eligible scheme costs.

Read the following information about how to apply for a building grant.

A Townscape Project officer can also support you on the application process.

Stage one - Meet the Townscape Heritage team

  • arrange a meeting with a Townscape Heritage Project officer and a site visit
  • you will be made aware of the value of the grant award available for your property
  • discuss the initial scope of the scheme and what is eligible for grant assistance
  • agree to proceed with the application


Stage two - Engage a design specialist

  • appoint an appropriate design specialist to assist you with the project and grant application
  • you must procure the design specialist in line with the guidance to ensure associated fees are grant eligible
  • continue to meet with the Townscape Heritage Project team so any queries are resolved
  • agree what further surveys and reports are required as part of the scheme
  • you will be liable for any costs associated with this stage of the project until a successful grant application has been awarded


Stage three - Project development

  • continue to meet with the team so the scope of the scheme and priorities can be agreed
  • prepare and submit a building condition survey
  • commission any further surveys and reports that are required as part of the scheme
  • work with the design specialist to develop plans for the scheme, including specifications and a schedule of work
  • apply for planning or listed building consents and any other approvals that may be required


Stage four - Getting quotations

  • prepare a quotation or tender document and get a minimum of three competitive prices for the approved scheme
  • you must only invite tenders from contractors that can demonstrate a reputable experience of working on heritage conservation projects


Stage five - Grant application

  • submit your grant application to the Townscape Heritage Project officer 
  • the application will be submitted for approval when the officer is satisfied everything is in place
  • the approval process involved a Council programme group making a recommendation to the Townscape Heritage Grant Approval Panel


Stage six - Grant offer

  • your grant application is successful
  • you will need to sign a third party agreement that sets out the conditions of the grant approval
  • initial funding will be released to cover fees


Stage seven - Grant works

  • works can commence on site after planning and other approvals are received and the third party agreement is signed
  • continue to meet with the team to update on the progress on site
  • works must be signed off by your conservation specialist to ensure they have been undertaken in accordance with the plans and to the required heritage standard
  • a site visit will take place by the Townscape Heritage Project officer to ensure the completion of the works
  • you will pay any invoices from the building contractor
  • grant funding will be released upon receipt of paid invoices from the building contractor for completed works