Independent Retailer Grant

What is the Independent Retailer Grant?

The Independent Retail Fund (IRF) is a shopfront improvement grant available to tenants and owners of occupied shop units on Saltmarket and High Street. The Independent Retailer Grant of £1,200 is available to encourage independently-owned retailers to take up vacant space. The £1,200 (applications received on or after 1 April 2021) is designed to attract independent retailers into vacant premises in Romsey and Andover, and is one of a series of measure to support the town centres.

Independent Retailer Grant

What are the conditions of the grant?

  • All grants offered through the scheme will require a guarantee of match-funding from the business owner
  • A minimum of two quotes from contractors will be required
  • Payment will only be made on completion of the work and bank account evidence being provided that full payment has been made to the contractor
  • Grant value to be no more than £5,000.

Who can apply?

  • The business must be an independent retailer with no more than five shops
  • The project must meet the requirements of our ‘Design Guide’ – attached at the bottom of this page.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate how their shop front improvement will improve the look of the business and have a positive impact on the surrounding area. Like for like schemes or general maintenance work will not be eligible.
  • New or existing businesses moving into ground floor premises which have been vacant for at least one month.

Examples of internal and non-display improvements that would generally not be funded by the scheme:

  • Lighting within window displays
  • Window display products and equipment
  • Pedestrian access improvements
  • Repair and reinstatement of guttering
  • Externally mounted security features

You must make a separate planning application / advertising consent application with scale drawings that show the extent of all new work, prior to applying for funding.