High Street Small Business Grants

High streets and city and town centres lie at the heart of communities and local economies, creating jobs, nurturing small businesses and injecting millions of pounds into Nottingham’s economy.

Nottingham City Council is committed to supporting the city’s High Streets. We are targeting a portion of our UKSPF allocation to support out retail centres, aiming to promote thriving places.

We have established a small grants scheme to support and sustain existing businesses on the High Street, particularly retail businesses and those in the hospitality and leisure sectors.

The High Street Small Business Grants scheme will provide funding to eligible small businesses to deliver a range of interventions to support High Streets in Nottingham city centre and in local neighbourhoods. Interventions include marketing and events, equipment purchases including digital and ICT, support for shop premises including energy efficiency measures, shop front improvements and greening in line with our City Centre Strategy and Action Plan.

The grant programme aims to:

  • Support and sustain existing businesses on the High Street
  • Improve the appearance of existing premises on the High Street
  • Bring vacant properties back into use
  • Encourage businesses to participate in improving the High Street

Available funding

The High Street Small Grants Scheme has a total grant pot of £249,000 to be distributed between November 2022 and March 2023, subject to funding. A further, expanded programme of small grants for businesses will be available from April 2023.

Application Deadline

As of January 30th 2023, we are no longer inviting businesses to submit applications to the High Street Small Business Grants as the amount of funding requested in applications received to date has now exceeded the amount available.

Any applications received after this date will be added to the reserve list. In the event that further funding becomes available we will look to process applications on this list.

Date page last updated – 30th January 2023