High Streets improvement fund

High Streets Improvement Grant Scheme

The High Streets Improvement Grant Scheme aims to support business owners and business operators to make improvements and adaptations to their properties which will benefit their business and support the wider economic recovery and stability of Redbridge town centres and High Streets. 

This is a one-off grant payment to support businesses with the cost of improvements, and will cover 50% of the costs of works carried out (maximum grant award of £10,000).

The High Street Improvement Grant Scheme is open to all freeholders and leaseholders with at least 5 years remaining on the lease for property related applications.  Those businesses that can apply include:

  • Businesses within Redbridge’s district and local town centres.
  • Applications can be made by individual businesses or a group of businesses within a street parade or cluster.
  • We particularly encourage applications from High Street based businesses most affected by Covid-19 related restrictions.


The scheme  is aimed at supporting businesses across  town centres in Redbridge. 
Given the existing programme of regeneration activity in Ilford town centre, we particularly welcome applications from businesses that trade from any of the locations listed below:

District Town Centres




A123 High Road Barkingside

Fulwell Cross to Tanners Lane
Chadwell Heath  A118 High Road

Belfairs Rd to Station Rd (inc. Wangey Rd)

Gants Hill

A12 Eastern Ave

A400 Woodford Ave

A123 Cranbrook Rd

A123 Cranbrook Rd

Roundabout to Beehive Lane

Roundabout to Gants Hill Crescent

Roundabout to Bramley Crescent

Roundabout to Shere Avenue
South Woodford

B168 George Lane 

A1199 Woodford High Road

Woodford High Rd to Kenwood Gardens

Glebelands Ave to Woodford Health Centre


High Road

Woodford Rd A1199 to A12 Eastern Avenue

Neighbourhood Town Centres


B177 Goodmayes Rd

A1083 Green Lane

A118 High Rd to Green Lane

Goodmayes Rd to Bloomfield Rd
Ilford Lane  A123 Ilford Lane Winston Way to St Lukes Ave
Manford Way  Manford Way Fallow Close to Fernie Close
Newbury Park


Ley Street

Horns Road

Cranley Drive to 752 Eastern Avenue

Eastern Ave to Clifton Road

Eastern Ave to Greengate Parade
Seven Kings A118 High Road Cameron Rd to Goodmayes Rd
Woodford Broadway

Snakes Lanes West

Snakes Lane East

Barnabas Road Parade

Hillside Avenue Parade

Croft Lodge Close to Broadway Close

Woodford Station to Theydon Grove
Woodford Bridge A113 Chigwell Road Ashton Playing field to no.694


The following organisations/businesses are not eligible:

  • National retailers/chains/multiples with stores in more than 3 locations
  • Betting Shops/Pawnbrokers/payday loan providers
  • Banks and buildings societies.

How the grant can be used

Businesses can apply for funding for the following (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Painting, decorating, decluttering and repairing of shopfronts
  • Shop jacket or screening of vacant and empty shops
  • Permeable shutters
  • Signage and awning renewal
  • Creating a wider DDA compliant access.
  • Energy efficient improvements
  • Empty space activation (bringing long-term vacant commercial units into use)
  • Interior layout (shelving, sight lines, window display, stock arrangement
  • Digital technology

The grant will not fund:

  • Recurring or other revenue costs (including: maintenance, salaries, stock, rent, utility charges)
  • Repaying existing loans or debts
  • Fund projects where other public funding has been accessed
  • Works to part of the building that are residential or not used by customers
  • Proposals from businesses with outstanding or impending enforcement action
  • Maintenance costs of any works carried out and funded through this scheme.   

Further guidance is available on the Guidance Pack (PDF 74KB)

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online using the link below

High Streets Improvement Grant