Two grant schemes are currently available as part of the council’s programme of investment and support for the economic regeneration of Grimsby, though the wider Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) and Town Deal.
Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas (PSiCA) is a grant scheme to help current and future tenants to repair and reinstate external historic features of Kasbah properties.
The Humber High Streets Challenge Fund (HHSCF) is a scheme to help tenants fit out properties.
The schemes are running in parallel, with additional funding input required for both schemes.
Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas (PSiCA)
The Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas (PSiCA) is a partnership between the council, Historic England and Associated British Ports (ABP).
The project is being delivered over a five-year period starting in Autumn 2019, and is focused on the Kasbah Conservation Area on Grimsby Docks.
The grant scheme is open to current and future tenants on the Kasbah who want to play a key role in reviving this historical area and see it flourish as a commercial centre for Grimsby through heritage-led regeneration.
- Grants are available to tenants for repairs and reinstatement of historic features
- Grants are available for eligible works up to a maximum of 70% of the total project costs and up to a maximum of £150,000 per property
- Grants will be focussed on the re-use of vacant buildings, but can extend to current businesses too
- All works must be carried out to a high standard, using appropriate materials and qualified tradespeople.
The scheme’s aims are to support the economic re-use of heritage assets, including both listed and unlisted buildings within the Kasbah Conservation Area, please see map in the downloads section.
This will support the effective management and maintenance of heritage assets and help to sustain the development of specialist craft skills and employment in the area.
What works are eligible through the scheme?
Work that can supported through this partnership scheme should help to reverse the process of decay whilst maintaining or enhancing the historic interest and character of the Kasbah Conservation Area.
- Roof repairs
- Provision of permanent access to carry out maintenance
- Works to ensure effective removal of rainwater
- External wall repairs
- Repairs to windows and doors
- Repairs to / reinstatement of external features
- Measures to reduce damp
- Professional fees
- Value Added Tax can be reclaimed if you are not VAT registered
- Preliminary costs and insurance.
Works which are not eligible include:
- Conversions, alterations or adaptations of buildings
- Modernisation / removal of historic features
- New build
- Provision or renewal of building services
- Maintenance and minor repairs
- Speculative restoration without evidence for the feature.
The application process has two main stages:
- An Expression of Interest and in-principle offer which identifies that the project is eligible and allocates an estimated sum to cover the intended works.
- A full application which includes any planning permissions, full detailed designs and a tender for the repair costs.
Expression of interest forms and full grant advice notes are available to download from the links on the right. If you have any enquiries about the scheme please contact the HAZ Project Manager, Stella Jackson at HAZ@nelincs.gov.uk.
PSiCA_Expression_of_Interest_Form If you require this in hard copy format, contact us.
Humber High Street Challenge Fund
Key details of the scheme
The Humber Local Economic Partnership (LEP), and North East Lincolnshire Council are working together and have committed funds to provide grant assistance under the Humber High Street Challenge Fund (HHSCF). The funding allocated by the LEP comes from the Humber’s Local Growth Fund allocation, secured from Government as part of their commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.
The HHSCF provides funding for projects undertaken by businesses and property owners that will deliver regeneration within the Kasbah Conservation Area. To be eligible for a Humber High Street Challenge Fund grant, therefore, you must own the freehold or hold a lease on a property within the Kasbah Conservation Area.
Applicants must also be able to match fund a minimum of 50% of the total project cost from their own private funds. To apply for a grant, you will need to fill out an expression of interest form.
What works are eligible through the scheme?
Work that can be supported through this scheme should help to improve building frontages and/or bring vacant floor space back into use.
Building frontage improvement works for the restoration, repair and reinstatement of architectural features include:
- Traditional shop frontages (including canopies)
- High quality shop signage
- Porches and doorways
- Stone and brickwork
- Roofs, fascias, gutters and rainwater goods
Costs associated with preliminaries (scaffolding etc.) for eligible works detailed above can be grant funded under the scheme.
The scheme also funds works that will ensure that unused floorspace is brought back into sustainable use. This can include works to:
- Flooring and ceilings
- Structural and partition walls
- Electrical wiring/lighting and audio/visual infrastructure
- ICT infrastructure
- Decorative plasterwork, such as cornices
- Decorative fittings, including dados, panelling, etc.
- Doors and windows, including architraves
- Work to support new end uses, including retail fit outs
If there are no planned future uses for the building once work has been completed, it is unlikely that your application will be successful.