Thornliebank Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme

Find out what kind of project is eligible and how to apply.

What's the Thornliebank Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme and what does it entail?

The Scheme aims to help elevate the appearance of ground-floor shop frontages of independent commercial premises on Main Street, Thornliebank with grant funding up to a maximum of £10,000 available. 100% funding is available to develop both occupied and vacant premises.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for a shopfront improvement grant one or more of the following criteria must be met:

  • you must be the business owner of an independent shop on Main Street, Thornliebank
  • if you are not the owner of the premises being applied for, you must provide written consent from the property owner to undertake the works before a grant can be offered
  • with regard to the replacement of shared close doors, all property owners with communal rights must provide written consent for replacement works before a grant can be offered
  • applicants must have at least 3 years left on the lease to their property
  • applicants must have no debts owing to East Renfrewshire Council

What projects are eligible for funding?

  • removal of old frontage (if required)
  • replacing windows
  • preparation of exterior, including minor repairs
  • painting of shop entrances, windows and frontages
  • sign writing, repair or replacement of signage
  • restoring/reinstating traditional architectural features e.g. fascia, corbels, console brackets, pilasters
  • introduction of traditional awnings/canopies (planning permission required)
  • introduction of signage set at common heights with neighbours at base/sill and facade levels
  • introduction of new perforated roller shutters for a softer feel while maintaining security
  • facades above shopfronts repaired/reinstated, painted and/or mixed materials (e.g. timber and tile)
  • shop window graphics/manifestations
  • residential/commercial close door replacement

How to apply?

Complete the Application Form (Word doc) [219KB]  and return to Marilyn Rieley, Regeneration Officer, Place and Town Centres at

Useful information

East Renfrewshire Council has produced a Design Guide to help you with the improvements to your shopfront. 

View the Design Guide (PDF) [1MB]

Please note: This document may not be fully accessible to all. If you require a printed version please contact

What Happens next?

If you have any questions about your planned shopfront improvement you can contact Marilyn Rieley on 07900 746955 or by email at

Last modified on 9 July 2024