Independent Retail Fund

The Pilot Independent Retail Fund (IRF) is available to tenants or owners of occupied shop units on Saltmarket and St Andrews St who have recently participated in Phase 1 of the Glasgow Housing Association Regeneration programme.

The appearance of shop fronts and the buildings in which they reside has considerable impact and influence on the character of the area. Through these improvements, we will not only enhance the appeal of the area to visitors, customers and local residents but also assist towards encouraging further inward investment through stimulating business and consumer confidence.


The IRF is available to owners (and people with a 10 year lease or with owner’s consent) of properties on to enable them to undertake the necessary repairs, redecoration and other improvements such as removing/upgrading old signage, replacing damaged tiles and lighting.


The fund will cover up to 100% of eligible costs up to a value of and not exceeding: Single unit: £3,000 Double unit: £5,000 Please note this will be on a first come basis for the Pilot area highlighted only.


The repair or replacement of windows, external doors and other external joinery as required;

The repair of external stonework, brickwork and render including decorative elements as required

A creative interpretation of the traditional shopfront using appropriate proportions and materials may be considered

Lighting, signage and security measures appropriate to the area may also be eligible for the IRF if forming part of an overall shopfront improvement scheme

We will look to incorporate a continuous colour scheme (palette) throughout the pilot area and will work with you to achieve and agree this. Please note that

Installation of canopies is not eligible

Reinstatement grants will only be offered where the building fabric as a whole is in sound repair

Internal repairs are eligible only as a direct result of shopfront improvement works and only for up to 1 metre from the frontage of the shop


On approval of an application Glasgow City Council will work in partnership with City Property Ltd & Ryden Ltd who will facilitate and management the shopfront improvement programme. Once an application has been approved City Property Ltd will liaise directly with the Owner/Tenant to:

• Work in partnership with Owners/Tenants

• Fully cost out proposals

• Schedule improvement works

• Monitor and manage works

• Evaluate the process

HOW CAN I APPLY? If you are interested in applying for a grant, please fill out the application form and send/email to the City Centre Regeneration Team. If you would like to discuss your proposal or would like more information, you can call us on 0141 287 6540.

City Centre Regeneration Team Development and Regeneration Services
231 George Street Glasgow G1 1RX
Email: [email protected]