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Support for High Streets

The High Street Challenge

The fund

The aim of the High Street Challenge is to attract more people to Southwark’s high streets and town centres, and to increase the amount that is spent in the area. All projects will make a positive contribution to helping local SMEs thrive and make our high streets more inclusive, particularly for low income and BAME communities. We invite applications for funding under four key themes. These are:

  • Supporting diverse independent food businesses
  • Healthy high streets
  • Digital high streets
  • Cultural and community events

We launched our High Street Challenge Fund in 2014 to enable residents, businesses and community groups with an interest in Southwark to help improve their local high streets. Since then we've funded over 50 projects across the borough, supporting great initiatives from markets to waste management via pop up shops and lots of events!

Update on Round 8

We've regretfully closed this round indefinitely owing to the huge impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our local businesses, and the need to redirect resources to support them during this difficult period. All applicants have been informed of the decision.

If you're a business or VCS organisation that has been impacted by the pandemic, visit our Coronavirus pages to find out how the council and other organisations can help you.

All applicants have been informed of our decision, and can contact localeconomy@southwark.gov.uk with any further questions.

Page last updated: 05 August 2020

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