WELSH Government Transforming Towns funding has been made available for towns across Mid Wales to fund adaptations in town centres to facilitate trading and public safety in response to Coronavirus. This will include things like outdoor tables and chairs, screens, awnings, outdoor heating and outdoor electricity supply and lighting to outdoor trading spaces to ensure that areas are segregated and safe and that business can operate under current social distancing requirements.
The pandemic has placed unprecedented pressures on our business, and the long term impact that Coronavirus will have on our town centres is as yet unknown, but it has also provided a unique opportunity to re-imaging our town centres greener, cleaner and safer.
The £200k grant is available for Town Councils and legally constituted regeneration groups to make applications that benefit groups of businesses, where each town can apply for a maximum of £10,000 of eligible project costs. The grant will be available up to 80% of total costs with the applicant sourcing 20% match funding.
The deadline for applications is 30th November 2020. For more details on the grant, the eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/business/covid-19-supporting-ceredigion-s-economy/
Councillor Rhodri Evans said: “This is an opportunity for us to help our Towns to support a safer and improved environment which will benefit businesses, residents and all those who visit Ceredigion. As we continue to adapt to the way that Coronavirus is affecting our day to day lives, it is an opportunity also to look at things differently by working together to create a more resilient future.”
All proposals would need to be delivered in accordance with current guidance on social distancing requirements and should not impede pedestrian traffic on pavements, pathways or public realm areas. It is strongly advised that any prospective bids engage with the Economy & Regeneration team at the Council at the earliest opportunity.