Carlisle City Centre Business Growth Grants
We are providing grants for new and growing small-medium businesses looking to occupy vacant space in Carlisle City Centre.
We recognise that in order to support Carlisle and its city centre through the recovery phase, businesses and organisations need the confidence to invest in the city centre again. This fund will support our city centre through these challenging times, reducing vacancy rates and encouraging investment and growth.
This grant fund will provide up to £2,500 (£5,000 for particularly strong cases) for businesses occupying vacant space in Carlisle City Centre. The award of the grant is subject to an appraisal process. This is a discretionary grant, and the decision to award a grant is entirely at the Council’s discretion.
The grant may be used for capital expenditure relating to:
- Physical improvements to the premise, including improvements to the frontage of the building and signage - subject to the relevant planning permission being secured.
- To provide equipment essential for the operation of the business.
Criteria for businesses - in order to qualify for this grant, businesses must fall into one of the following categories:
- A new start-up beginning trading in Carlisle City Centre.
- An SME/microbusiness re-locating to Carlisle city centre from outside the district or opening a new branch in Carlisle.
- Existing SME/Microbusiness currently trading in Carlisle City Centre, demonstrating growth, expanding to a larger premise or significantly diversifying their business model to run more sustainably.
Criteria for the premise - In order to qualify for this grant, businesses must demonstrate that the property they are looking to trade form meets all of the following criteria:
Must be vacant or have vacant ground floor space in it which the applicant business will occupy. This includes businesses who have begun renovating a vacant space but have not started trading.
- Must be held by the applicant by a minimum of a 2-year lease.
- Must be brought into use by the applicant business.
- Must be in the area of Carlisle City Centre.
To apply for the grant, please complete an application form and return to us at email@example.com, by post to City Centre Business Growth Grant Team, Carlisle City Council, Civic Centre, Carlisle, CA3 8QG with all the relevant documents required for a full application. This grant will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
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Please see what evidence we need from you:
Evidence Required: Copy of bank statement clearly showing name, address, sort code and account number.
Comment: This must match the name of the business or individual listed on the business rates bill or
Evidence of your right to occupy the premise you are applying from
Evidence Required: You will need to provide a copy of your current lease agreement or title deeds/ mortgage statement if you own the property.
Evidence that your business/project is viable
Evidence Required: Please submit a 12-month cashflow forecast and business plan, if available.
Comment: We recognise that businesses may not have all the required information, however we do require some evidence that shows your business/project is viable before we can realise public funds. If you do not have the relevant documents, please return a similar document that is relevant
Evidence of how you will use the money
Evidence Required: Please submit quotes of works from a professional company at a minimum for work that will be undertaken with support from the grant fund. We require a minimum of three quotes per project.
Comment: We need clear evidence that the fund will be used properly and in line with the guidance provided above