Grants are awarded for up to 50 per cent of the cost of the work, which means that businesses are required to invest in their premises to match-fund the grant.
Already awarded grants in Whitehaven are Sporthouse, The Vine, Shakers, Senhouse Centre, Savvy, Flower Basket, Union Hall, Dixons, PFK, Oriental Garden, Humbug Sweet Shop, La Chic, Sportzone, Tutis Foster Care, Corner Deli, Richardson’s Wine Shop, Whitehaven Fish Bar Ltd, Seven, Mirabilia Hair, 46/47 King Street, B&M Store, Guise, Samaritans, Whitehaven Community Trust, Fotomax, Queen Street Dental Practice, Pelican Garage, Hospice at Home West Cumbria and Subway.
Millom businesses to have benefited are Cambridge House Hotel, Stag’s Gents Hair Salon, Citizens Advice, Pet Shop, Bed Shop, Deano’s Place, Mr Wok’s Thai Orchid, Chiropodist, Millom Workies, Richmond Fellowship, Unit 1 and 2, Midland Chambers, Home & Sole, Beggars Theatre, Curry Spice, Hair Gallery, Mind and PGM Building Supplies.
In Egremont, Spuds & Co, Star Takeaway, Unique You, Egremont Veterans Club have been helped while in Cleator Moor the town council building, 14 High Street, 19-20 High Street, 77 High Street and 1 Union Hall have received grants.
Cash has also gone to Haverigg Post Office, Woodalls Butchers in Waberthwaite and Blackbeck Hotel at Haile.
The council advises that any business looking to improve the external signage or make significant changes to the external appearance of their premises may need to apply for planning permission.
Businesses need to email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to ensure they meet the closing date for grant applications.