A new grant scheme aimed at helping business owners improve their shop frontages in Prestonpans was launched today by East Lothian Council in partnership with Prestonpans Community Council.

The fund can assist businesses to repair or enhance their property to help create a positive impact within the town, to complement the wider regeneration investment in the area including the works at Preston Tower and Prestonpans Civic Square.

Grants of up to £5,000 can be made from the Prestonpans Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme, up to 80% of the funding required. As the fund is limited, all applications received will be assessed in terms of the fund priorities and grant awards made accordingly.

Funded works can include redecoration, new signage, repairs to shopfronts, reinstatement of missing architectural details or replacement of the shopfront with a new frontage. The fund is now open for applications with a deadline for submissions of Friday 8th March.

Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment, Economic Development and Tourism, Councillor John McMillan, said: “Shopfront grant schemes are an ideal way to support local communities and businesses to generate a visual impact within their town centre and to enhance high street activity and encourage increased footfall. Prestonpans has some fantastic businesses which are important to the local community and, with the wider investment in the town, could benefit from a potential increase in visitors to the area. Ensuring a welcoming and inviting town centre environment is important to continue delivery of the regeneration potential in the local area.”

Prestonpans Community Councillor Ferhan Ashiq said: “The Community Council warmly embraces the commitment and investment from East Lothian Council in our beloved High Street. Emphasising the value of enriching our community, we eagerly anticipate the prospect of local businesses putting forth bids that not only enhance our surroundings but also entice both residents and tourists to the charm of our remarkable high street. Together, let's forge a path towards a more vibrant and inviting community.”

More shopfront improvement grant schemes are being planned across the county, working with local communities to ensure the investment is delivered to benefit each settlement, town centre or local area.

For further information on the Prestonpans Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme or to request an application form please contact Regeneration@eastlothian.gov.uk

Published: Monday, 5th February 2024