BUSINESS GRANTS

SHOP FRONT IMPROVEMENT GRANTs

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Our shop front improvement scheme aims to improve shop fronts in selected areas as a means of supporting the growth of local businesses, improving the local environment and raising the image of the town centre amongst locals and visitors.

Supercharged Shop Front Grant

Following approval of funding from the Scottish Government, grants of up to £5K each are available to business owners within the BID zone. This is a limited fund available with £70K provided by the Place Based Investment Programme with a further £20K invested by Go Forth.

 

Matched Shop Front Grant

The grant offers 50% matched funding up to £500 to our members and is open for applications all year round.

See some of the past funded projects and how to apply below.

Supercharged Shop Front Improvement Grant

This fund provides £90K cash injection to businesses in the BID zone to transform their shopfronts.

Grants of up to £5K each are available to business owners with ambitious plans to revamp their shop entrances and enhance Stirling’s overall appearance.

Applications are currently under review and applicants will be contacted soon.

Read this article to learn more about our 2024 supercharged shop front grant.

Matched Shop Front Improvement Grant

All BID levy-paying businesses and voluntary levy-payers located within the Go Forth Stirling BID area are eligible to apply for the grant. The grant covers 50% of the improvement’s cost with a limit of £500.

This grant is currenlty closed.

Other Sources of Funding
for Shop Front Improvements

Stirling City Heritage Trust Traditional Shopfronts Grant

Stirling City Heritage Trust Traditional Shopfronts grant is for repairs or enhancement works such as hand-painted signage, timber repairs, conservation of traditional details and reinstatement of missing architectural features of commercial premises within the Stirling Conservation area.

Stirling City Heritage grants can be paired with our shop front improvement grant.  Examples of businesses that benefited from both funds include: Shelter, MacFarlane Physiotherapy, Ginger Roots, A Wee Favour and House of Henderson.

Stirling CARS Scheme

Stirling Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is a grant programme providing financial assistance for the regeneration of historic properties within designated areas of Stirling Town and Royal Park Conservation Area. 

The area follows a historic route from King Street up to the medieval core of Stirling and shop front grants are available for properties on Baker Street. 

Shopfront Improvement Grants within CARS Shopfront Improvement Area are available for up to 90% towards eligible costs of works.

Find out more about Stirling CARS and how to apply here.

FUNDED PROJECTS

Matched-funded Projects

  • Chester's Coffee House
  • Beau Boutique
  • Jayla & Co
  • The Kilted Kangaroo
  • The Scottish Gantry
  • Santa Cruz Kustom Club
  • The Hemp Room Cafe
  • Caffe Pompei as Love Brownies
  • Calluna Ethical Living
  • Jeff Buchan Hair
  • Vera Artisan Bakery Barnton Street
  • Mobileshaq
  • Soupbox
  • Best One
  • Stirling Credit Union
  • Ahdors Gold & Gifts
  • Coorie Creative
  • Ginger Roots
  • Centre Stage Dancewear
  • A Wee Favour
  • Cash Converters
  • MacFarlane Physiotherapy
  • The Treatment Works
  • Nicky Tams
  • Shelter
  • Amore Hair & Beauty
  • KeepSakes
  • HBW
  • One Allan Park
  • Game of Throwing
  • Transition Stirling
  • Il Vicolo
  • Something Old Something New
  • Vera Artisan Bakery Kitchen King Street
  • Nooch Bar & Kitchen
  • Clan Artisan 

  • Room 23 

  • Erol's Tailor Shop

  • Brea

  • Simpson & Co

‘Supercharged’ Shop Front Improvement Grant

Following approval of funding from Stirling Council in 2021, 10+ grants of up to £5K each were available to business owners with ambitious plans to revitalise their shop entrances and enhance Stirling’s overall appearance. 

Successful applicants included:

  • Fone Express - new shopfront and signage
  • Cafe Aina - new signage
  • The Pend & Frances Hunter Hairdressing - improvement of a close: wall sandblasting, installation of lights, artificial ivy, bin shed
  • TJ's - new awnings
  • D.S. Macdonald Watchmaker & Jeweller - new signage
  • Specsavers - fascia repair and new signage
  • Clan Kilts - new signage, painting
  • Thistles Shopping Centre - direction signs
  • Castle Leisure Group - building cleaning
  • Frown Docs - floral installations
  • Hermann's - floral installations
  • Toasted (formerly Voseba) - signage and painting
  • Golden Lion Hotel - ambiance lighting
  • Costcutter - shop front maintenance
  • U Save - shop front maintenance
  • House of Henderson - fascia repair, new awnings, new signage
  • Alloa Bedroom Centre - repainting
  • Tutti Pizza - painting, signage
  • former Tui - fascia repair and painting
  • Monterey Jack's

In 2023, we secured this funding again and are now accepting applictions for our supercharged shop front grant.

E-COMMERCE GRANT

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

This grant scheme was designed to help businesses either start trading online or develop their existing online activity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Businesses could use it to create their first website, improve the design of their existing site, introduce new features such as e-commerce or booking systems or invest in search engine optimisation or their social media strategy.

The grant offered match-funded contributions of up to £1,000.

FUNDED PROJECTS

EVENT SPONSORSHIPS

ALWAYS OPEN

We regularly sponsor events and initiatives that bring benefit to the city and its traders.

We’re keen to support events which objectives match ours and accept sponsorship applications from our members as well as external event promoters and organisers interested in hosting an event in our BID zone.

SPONSORED EVENTS

Go Forth Stirling regularly sponsors Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival that takes place every September.

The Go Forth & Bloody Scotland partnership gives opportunity for Stirling traders to maximise the opportunities brought by Bloody Scotland (and their 10,000+ ticket holders).

You can read more about the sponsorship here and here.

We sponsored the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award in 2022 and 2023 with the opportunity to promote Stirling, its businesses and music venues directly to the event attendees.

Go Forth Stirling sponsored Stirling Photography Festival in 2019.  The festival increased footfall to the Stirling City Centre and sponsorship of the event gives an opportunity to market directly to ticket holders.

On a more practical, business support level, the festival included a day of workshops exclusively for BID members.

You can read more about the sponsorship here.

Go Forth Stirling sponsored the National Wallace Monument’s 150th anniversary celebrations which marked the beginning of our partnership. The National Monument received over 130,000 visitors in 2018 and we are working with the Monument to encourage those people to build a visit to Stirling City Centre into their itinerary.

Go Forth Stirling sponsored the Inspire Volunteer Awards run by Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) in 2019. The annual honours recognise and reward Stirling’s scores of volunteers who dedicate their time to helping others in the community.

Go Forth Stirling sponsored the Volunteering for Strong Organisations Award. GFS Vice-chair David Black was delighted to present to the winning team from Camphill Blair Drummond Board of Trustees who were recognized for their good governance and leadership.

You can read more about it here.

Stirling charity, Support for Families, ran a successful animation film scheme for the city’s youngsters which was joint funded by grants from Go Forth Stirling BID and Place Management Scotland.

The teenagers met weekly for sessions which saw them write and develop their own short animation film about Stirling over an eight-week period. The completed films were due to be showcased during a special event at Made in Stirling in March which had to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Support for Families helps vulnerable families and the project aimed to engage local teenagers and make them feel part of the Stirling community. It followed some complaints from traders at the Top of The Town about youngsters behaving in an anti-social manner.

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