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High Street Heritage Action Zone

We have been awarded £1.5million to help support the four-year High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme. The funding will enable businesses, property owners and leaseholders apply for grants that will see some of the most important historic shopfronts and buildings in Granby Street and Church Gate repaired, restored and spruced up.

What is the High Street Heritage Action Zone?

The national High Street Heritage Action Zone programme is a grant giving scheme that aims to breathe new life into high streets across England, fuelling economic, social and cultural recovery and give them a new lease of life for future generations to enjoy.

We have been awarded £1.5million from Historic England as part of the national programme to help support a four-year scheme that will see some of the most important historic shopfronts and buildings in Granby Street and Church Gate repaired, restored and spruced up.

Between 2020 and 2024 we plan to help regenerate these areas through investing in their important and unique heritage.

Our project team is being supported by a range of partners including De Montfort University, University of Leicester and Leicester Civic Society.

Find out more about Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone programme.

What are our aims?

There are seven main aims for the scheme, which is to:

  • Restore shopfronts and other architectural features.
  • Repair and improve historic buildings.
  • Bring vacant spaces back in to use.
  • Improve the public realm.
  • Make the area, core facilities and businesses more accessible to all.
  • Facilitate training and education opportunities.
  • Celebrate our high streets and give local communities a key role in deciding what work they want to see happening.

What are we hoping to achieve?

There are four main outcomes for the scheme, which is to:

  • Increase awareness and learning about the history of the Granby Street and Church gate conservation areas.
  • Improve the physical appearance of these streets through reinstatement, repair and restoration of shopfronts and key historical buildings.
  • Engage local communities to develop arts and cultural activities.
  • Create a healthier, more positive and long-term sustainable environment by supporting efforts to improve air quality, increase use of sustainable transport, encourage greater well-being and address low level crime.

What areas are included in the High Street Heritage Action Zone?

The HSHAZ is targeting the conservation of key historic buildings within Granby Street and Church Gate conservation areas.

You can view these maps at the bottom of this page.

What will be funded?

Businesses, property owners and leaseholders in the area can apply for grants of at least 75% towards:

  • Reinstating lost architectural features such as windows.
  • Improving shopfronts and repair architectural features.
  • Bringing empty floor space back into use.

Eligible works will include property repairs using traditional materials and methods, the reinstatement of traditional details, and shop front improvements.

How do I apply?

Before you apply for a grant you should email to express an interest.

Our team will work with you to:

  • advise you whether your project is eligible
  • assess the works that are required
  • consider which of you planned works are eligible for grant funding
  • advise you on the likelihood of you receiving grant aid
  • advise if any local authority consents or notifications will be required to undertake the work.

If eligible, the HSHAZ project manager will help you put together your application and guide you through the process until the works are completed.

How can I get involved?

You can get in touch with us by email at or call 0116 454 3034, if you are interested in:

  • Applying for a grant.
  • Providing or receiving training in heritage skills.
  • Getting support to run your own projects.

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Find out how you can share your story with us.

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Applications have now closed. Applicants are currently being considered by representatives from Leicester City Council and the RIBA and successful applicants will be informed by Monday 6 September.

Contact us

Send us an email at or call 0116 454 3034.