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Transforming County Anchor Project

Subject to final approval, the Transforming County anchor project will encompass a range of activities to support the regeneration of towns and villages across the county, and complement the funding already available through the Welsh Government Transforming Towns Programme.

The following grant schemes will be available:

Historic Structures Project and Feasibility Fund

Grants from £5,000 up to £450,000 to facilitate projects or feasibility studies that will bring listed historic structures back into beneficial use. All schemes will need to complete by December 2024, so projects seeking larger grant funding requests will need to be at RIBA stage 3 as a minimum to apply. End use of the building must include commercial floorspace. Purely residential schemes and schemes that create student accommodation will not be eligible. Up to 100% funding will be available for community or local authority led schemes, but match funding would be advantageous. Up to 70% funding will be available for private sector applicants subject to subsidy control rules and evidence of viability gap.

Now closed (October 2023)

Transforming County Placemaking Grant

Capital grants of up to £30,000 to support placemaking projects in the wider county, outside the city centre. Small commercial and district centres will be prioritised over other locations. The grant will provide funding for refurbishment of vacant commercial property; shopfront improvements (Business Improvement Grants); green infrastructure and green space projects; small scale active travel schemes and public realm. Occupiers or owners of commercial property, legally constituted trusts with a track record, local authority and town/community councils will be eligible to apply. Up to 70% funding is available subject to subsidy control rules.

Now closed (April 2024)

Alongside the grant funding schemes the Transforming County Anchor will also provide:

Village and Town Centre Small Scale Improvements: local authority led greening/ green infrastructure and public realm enhancements in towns and villages in the county.

Heritage-led regeneration activities: activities to drive footfall and support existing businesses in district centres through ongoing support for Shop Local campaigns and local events such as the Morriston Victorian Christmas fayre.

Heritage Trails - funding to commission a smartphone-based app that would offer guided heritage trail walks. 

Meanwhile Spaces: funding to commission delivery of a meanwhile spaces project that would utilise vacant commercial premises in the city centre and district centres to provide space for new businesses to trial high street presence at low cost, and/or introducing pop up activities to add vibrancy and attract footfall to support existing businesses. 

Crowdfunding: crowdfund platform to enable local community groups to raise funding for projects in local communities across Swansea.

Find out more about Crowdfund Swansea and how to apply for funding Crowdfund Swansea

Strategic Feasibility Studies: funding to commission feasibility studies that support strategic regeneration priorities across the city and county of Swansea.

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