Building Improvement Grants

Applications are now open for Chard HSHAZ Building Repair & Shop Front Improvement Grants.

Because of its special character, Chard has been designated a “High Street Heritage Action Zone” (HSHAZ) and secured over £2m funding to invest in the town centre between 2020 and 2024. Including £1m of Government high streets funding from Historic England

The high street has been the heart of the community for generations and this funding will revitalise it for the future. We will invest in the physical infrastructure and organise events that unlock Chard’s potential as a unique place to live, work and visit.

With almost the entire town centre of Chard being designated a conservation area, it is important to improve the condition of its buildings to contribute to its regeneration. A new Shop Front Design Guide for Chard has been drawn up to provide advice and guidance on creating successful shop fronts in the town centre. 

Grants are available for up to 70% of eligible costs for the repair and renovation of historic buildings and shop fronts.

The Grant Scheme Guidance, including eligibility details and how to apply, and Privacy Notice are available to view using the links below. 




Owners of eligible properties, or tenants responsible for maintenance, are invited to review this guidance and to contact the Chard HSHAZ Project Manager for an initial conversation to discuss their potential project. Following the initial conversation, applicants will be required to complete an application form.

Please email the Chard HSHAZ Project Manager on or phone 01935 462462.

A similar scheme has taken place in Falmouth, hear what their town has to say:

"Trade has always been steady with regular customers but now the building looks more attractive, this obviously appeals to new customers and is exciting”

“This is one of the best things we have done business wise”

“Trade has definitely increased, as a result of the works, within our building and the town. The works completed by the scheme has uplifted Falmouth which is now a well visited town throughout the year”

The HSHAZ programme has three parts:

  1. Public realm improvements (that is, the pedestrian areas of the street)

  2. Grants for the repair and renovation of historic buildings and shopfronts

  3. Community engagement

Image courtesy of Chard Museum

Falmouth shop before

Falmouth shop after

Building Repair Grants