Wiltshire Council has launched the Vacant Commercial Units Fund, a discretionary grants
scheme offering funding to businesses and organisations to bring vacant commercial units in
Trowbridge town centre back into use.
It will support the refurbishment of vacant commercial units to encourage independent
businesses and start-ups and encourage the conversion of upper floors of commercial
premises, creating additional residential accommodation.
£1.2 million has been allocated from the £16 million awarded to Trowbridge from the
Government’s Future High Streets Fund. Two levels of grant are available, small and large:
• Small grant awards between £2,500 and £24,999
• Large grant awards from £25,000 and £100,000
Grants over £100,000 will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Applicants must contribute at least 25% of the total costs of the investment.
The closing date for applications for the Vacant Commercial Units Fund is Friday 24 November
2023. However, the scheme will close sooner if the £1.2 million funding is committed to projects beforehand.
Further information about the scheme and how to apply can be viewed at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/vacant-commercial-units-fund 


An online webinar is being hosted on Microsoft Teams by Wiltshire Council on
Tuesday 27 September at 6pm – 7pm for anyone interested in finding out more about the
scheme together with an opportunity to ask questions. If you would like to attend, please join
the webinar using this link:
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