A SECOND round of grant applications available to independent retail/service providers has been opened by Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council.
The grants, worth up to £1,000, are also open to landlords of vacant premises in Burnham-on-Sea retail centre and are being offered to encourage permanent visual improvements to shop fronts.
There is no requirement for the applicant to provide match funding, but applicants are encouraged to provide funding where they can.
The town council has received £30,000 from Sedgemoor District Council’s Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership to offer the grants in connection with the Burnham Evolution Plan.
The grant will be awarded to applicants who meet the criteria in eligible areas of Burnham-on-Sea town centre (including adjacent feeder streets). The streets are: High Street, Victoria Street, College Street, Regent Street, Cross Street, Adam Street, Pier Street, Abingdon Street and the Esplanade.
From the first round of applications, a further five shops have now seen work completed, namely Chintz Tea Room, Anthony James, Seafoods, Material Needs and Kemp Hall.
These join a growing list which have benefited from the scheme, including Julia’s Flowers, Macbeth Funeral Services, Cafe Aroma, Secret World Wildlife Rescue and The Laptop Shop, as well as Prim N Proper and Prim N Pamper.
A spokesperson for Kemp Hall, in Victoria Street, said the improvements made to the building with the funding have made a ‘massive difference’.
They added: “We repainted the shop front and installed two doors, one for a staff entrance and another to replace our reception door. Now, customers can see a friendly face through the windowpane and both doors are beautiful – it’s made a huge difference.”
To fill in an application form visit: burnham-highbridge-tc.gov.uk/burnham-on-sea-shop-front-grant