Funding for Fife town centre improvements

The Board of Cupar Development Trust (CDT) has welcomed new grants which are available for small businesses and property owners in Cupar’s town centre – and encouraged owners to apply for them.

Grants of £6000 to £10,000 are available for upper floor conversions as well as external and internal shop improvements.

Bill Pagan, chairman of CDT, said: “Cupar has benefited from previous town centre improvement schemes, with the south side of St Catherine Street and the former Burgh Chambers being the most obvious successes.

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“Many individual shop and office buildings in Crossgate and Bonnygate were improved too, and most of that area looks really good.

“There are however some properties which were not improved in the previous schemes, and it would be tremendous for the town if these could be improved now.

“It is exciting that the latest scheme includes upper floor works, because it is often the empty flats or storage rooms above our shops which look worst.

“Bringing upper floors back to residential use would be a bonus to the town centre, as well as helping to meet genuine housing need.”

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The Town Centre Building Improvement Grant 2020-21, which is operated by Fife Council, will support capital works including external shopfront improvements, internal refits and upper floor conversions with grant awards in the range of £6000, up to a maximum of £10,000 per eligible property.

In total, 90 per cent of eligible costs, excluding VAT, can qualify. Applications should be made as soon as possible.

Details are available from the council or via CuparNow at –

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