49 projects to receive funding

Press Release

Published on 5 June 2024
Archived on 5 July 2024

On Monday 3 June, Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Cabinet agreed to fund 49 projects across the whole District as part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF).

The projects have been awarded a total of £1,162,900.

Cllr George Cowcher, Planning and Economic Development Portfolio said: "We are pleased to be able to help a number of small businesses and organisations from across the whole of the District. This funding will have a really positive impact on a great mix of projects supporting our communities and businesses, helping to attract new jobs and investment."

Letters advising the successful applicants are being sent out this week from the District Council.

List of Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) awards

Funding for improvements to town centres and high streets

Southam Town Council Refresh street furniture with "lite" branding in Southam retail centre, for a more attractive visitor environment and sense of place.




Stratford-on-Avon District Council To install footfall counting cameras and associated "smart" data capabilities in order to measure visitor numbers to drive more footfall to the town centre to support healthy business vibrancy and avoid empty shops. £4,999 capital
£20,000 revenue
Community & neighbourhood infrastructure projects
Studley Parish Council Installation of a PV Solar system including the panels, inverters, batteries, all to be fully integrated with the existing facilities. £24,500
Arts Rising Collective, Stratford on Avon (ARC) Set up an Arts Hub with studio spaces, exhibition space and a space for art classes, to enhance the offer of arts to the local community in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. £2,500
Alcester Town Council A pilot scheme encouraging rural business diversity through collaborative innovation projects, peer to peer networking with businesses and around skills which benefit businesses and residents in and around Alcester. £25,757
1st Harbury Scout & Guide Group Alterations to existing entrance to improve DDA toilet facilities and provide separate meeting room as breakout/additional hire space. £45,000
Built and Landscaped environment to "design out crime"
£200k already committed to SDC for CCTV upgrades
Ilmington Parish Council A height restriction barrier will be installed to prevent unauthorized vehicles from accessing the village playing fields and car park. £4,850
Campaigns to encourage visits and exploring of local area
Paint Stratford A new event bringing high quality murals to Stratford-upon-Avon from established and emerging street artists, plus community engagement strands. £5,000
Escape Arts 9-month Creative Health Artist Residency, co-creating participatory workshops leading to innovative heritage trail celebrating people and place across the town encouraging inclusive communities and improving wellbeing capturing local voices and untold stories. £19,900
Friends of Stratford Shopmobility The project is to seek funding to improve the equipment and therefore the offer to tourists/visitors/ residents seeking to access the service. £25,100
Impactful volunteering and/or social action projects
Stour Health and Wellbeing Partnership Project support to enable the Stour Health and Wellbeing Partnership to have more impact on social and human capital, as part of Growing the Future project, seeking other support from the Lottery. £10,500
Stratford Time Bank The project uses timebanking to continue the development of community links and volunteering activity in Upper Lighthorne and Lighthorne Heath. £5,700
The Hub at Henley Additional staff to support new youth session plus prevention of existing session closures due to lack of staff. £7,439
Local sports facilities, teams and league
Avon Valley Indoor Bowls Club "Bowls for Health" coaching programme - to reach out to potential new bowlers in the surrounding area and to provide a bowling experience in support of physical mental health and isolation. £4,320
Tanworth-in-Arden Tennis Club Resurfacing 2 courts, addressing root damage and drainage, in order to ensure the viability of the club within the community as the only sports facility in the village. £25,000
Ettington Parish Council Build of outside toilets for football field, users of MUGA and users of youth and play areas. Fencing of existing and creation of new football pitch. £17,500
Meon Vale and Quinton Cricket Club New community cricket club, forming new cricket teams for all ages, gender and ability - equipment to support and maintain the new cricket pitch. £20,000
Volunteer It Yourself VIY challenges young people who are NEETS between the ages of 16-24 to develop vocational skills by volunteering to help refurbish local community facilities that host and provide valued services and activities and materials to undertake the work, supporting Wellesbourne and Exhall and Wixford facilities. £22,600 capital
£26,706 revenue
Stratford Sports Club Ltd To improve safety and enable expansion of the cricket facilities with cricket fence and practice decks to increase participation and community involvement within the cricket club. £39,000

Final list of proposed awards - Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF)

Investment in micro and small enterprises in rural areas
Avon Boating Ltd Installation of a waterfront swing-jib pillar crane to lift our new fleet of electric hire boats. £9,500
JF Burrows New handwashing and toilet facilities to meet modern hygiene and environmental benefits for a local pony club providing education and wellbeing benefits. £4,888
The Straw Kitchen Increase the efficiency of their market garden - the processing of homegrown produce and increase footfall with farm to fork events, including solar pump and irrigation. £13,722
Sibling Winery Ltd The fencing of Aeppel Mead Orchard to enable grazing to control excess unwanted plants, thereby eliminating the use of herbicides. £2,500
Avon Studios Photography To replace their photo printing wet lab with a dry lab chemical free and with 80% less electricity usage. £9,411
Equibetter Ltd Grant to purchase essential therapy equipment which will expand veterinary services in the area and develop the business. £24,000
Sibling Winery The fitting out of part of an agricultural building for food production to EHO standards increasing cider production on site and development of new products like jams. £15,000
The Wild Sauna Two wood-fired hot tubs mounted on hardwood decking sited at Whichford Mill which will increase bookings. £10,964

Pug Pubs Stratford-on-Avon Ltd


Installation of new commercial kitchen and dining room within the recently purchased The Red Lion Public House in Northend. The Only Pub in the Village re-opening after 4 years closure. £50,000
The Priors Marston and Priors Hardwick Village Hall (The Priors Hall) Installation of solar panels and updating of heating systems to reduce user costs and maintain its use as a community hub. £25,000
Warwickshire Wild Game Ltd Investing in new equipment to up productivity to support wild animal management for landowners that are investing in rewilding and biodiversity. £29,940
Sweet Knowle Farm Limited To add low impact, environmentally friendly mesh to their grass CL site for year round use and solar panels to encourage campers to go off grid. £7,845
I Compari Ltd. Expansion of Corte Campana and its transition from unit 7 to unit 17 to allow for 100 covers in Stratford - Deli, grocers, coffee bar and pizzeria. £40,000
Snitterfield Sports Club Fit out of a fantastic new Sports and Community Centre for hosting sports, community groups, events, meetings and a community café. £39,000
CW Cowper and Sons Borough Hill - installing efficient heating/lighting and WIFI systems into offices that are being converted from unusable farm buildings. £50,000
Indus cafe and kitchen Ltd trading as New York cafe and Pizzas Project is to make the café sustainable and save the current jobs which is struggling due to its disadvantageous location/perception in independent and assisted living facility for vulnerable residents. £23,000
Spotty Pots Ltd Accessible painting and learning space to welcome painters of all ages with physical disabilities, including workshop space and adapted bathroom. £23,164
Olives & Cheese Deli & Wine Shop Establishing a deli and wine shop in an empty shop in Stratford which has been empty for a long time on Ely Street. £25,000
AEBWellness An external building to be used while holding online or in-person consultations or reiki sessions. £20,000
Little Vins Kitchen They have moved into a shop as they used to support events from a trailer for weddings, parties and local charities - to equip the premises with all equipment to provide the community with street food and desserts. £22,000
Sam James Sheep Scanning Developing a small diversified rural business to provide sustainable support for local livestock farmers. £12,000
Parker Care Services Ltd Sustainable access road to CQC registered care facility for young disabled adults and the only fully adapted holiday accommodation in the district. £25,000
Glo-Group Ltd A local holiday camp designed to encourage confidence, resilience, motivation, independence and discover inner potential through specifically designed activities. £28,791
RYSE 3D Ltd Post processing / surface finishing for 3D Additive Manufacturing (Paint, Cerakote and High Temp Lacquer), which is currently outsourced to a third party, enabling them to make further capital investments and control the quality and supply chain. £50,000
MCI Electrical Installations Lt Converting a building in a rural location into an office, storeroom and showroom to allow expansion and progression. £35,504


Rural Circular economy projects
Ashwin Cook Upgrade an old fertilizer spinner to a new more efficient one. The new one will be equipped with satellite mapping allowing them to pinpoint the need for nutrients to be applied to the growing crops. £24,913
Faces For All Ltd To convert the old library into a Day Provision for those experiencing Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities/Physical Disabilities. £50,000
Guild Estate Endowment Charity Repurposing empty town centre properties, encouraging entrepreneurs and business growth, building and sharing skills, demonstrating routes into the creative industries for school leavers and the opportunity of creating a destination for locals and visitors. £50,000
Men's Shed Stratford Set up a mobile Men Shed in Stratford-upon-Avon and surrounding communities. £49,950
Alcester Town Council The project is to kit out the Alcester Community Shed with the equipment, tools and furniture necessary for it to open. £20,750


Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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