Bread Street Grants

Bread Street is one of four main projects in Wakefield Council's Wakefield City Centre Masterplan which aims to transform the city to make it a more inviting place to live and work.

What are we trying to achieve with this scheme?

In the first phase, businesses in Bread Street can apply for a grant for external works to improve the condition and appeal of their building façades.

We will meet 100% of the cost of works and fees up to a maximum of £12,000 per property.

Our leaflet provides an overview. Also check the line boundary to see if you're eligible.

What can I apply for?

We've developed a framework which will help applicants to show that their application will contribute to the redevelopment of a traditional Bread Street and a consistent approach for the street.

The grant is for external works, including:

  • Restoring the traditional façade facing onto Bread Street including upper and lower level feature details and windows.
  • Providing new or improved doorway access to Bread Street.
  • Signage to help create a warm welcome for your customers.
  • Internal window and door shutters, lighting or similar security measures to help keep your shop safe.
  • Heritage colours to contribute to the historic feel of the street.

How do I apply?

There are three steps in the process for successful applicants:

1. Complete an Expression of Interest Form online or download a paper copy of the Expression of Interest form here.

2. Complete an Application Form online and provide all supporting documentation or download a paper copy of the Application form here.

 If you don't own the property, you'll need the owner's agreement to apply. For help with these forms, have a look at our Guidance Notes.

Paper copies should be addressed to the Wakefield Towns Fund Programme, using the details at the bottom of this page.

3. Undertake works in line with your grant offer letter.

What else should I know?

  • Buildings on Bread Street are in the Wakefield Cathedral conservation area and some of the buildings along the street are nationally or locally listed buildings.
  • You will need to Listed Building Consent from the Council to carry out alterations, extensions or demolition of a listed building.
  • You are also likely to need permission to make any building changes in the conservation area, whether they are listed or not.
  • Grants will be paid on evidence of defrayment, which means you will need to have the works completed and demonstrate you have paid for them yourself before funds are released.
  • Officers will be able to support you throughout the application process.
  • We'll be visiting the eligible properties to talk through the scheme and how, together, we can make Bread Street a unique part of Wakefield centre.

Contact the Towns Team

Towns Team

Regeneration and Economic Growth
Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700

0345 8 506 506