City centre and high streets recovery

City centre and high streets recovery

The recovery package, what we're doing and how you can help.

We have secured £4.725 million of funding to help the city centre and high streets recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and help get more people visiting and using these places. The programme will link up with other initiatives to maximise the funding and support available.

Support packages

The programme includes four citywide packages of support.

The Vacant Commercial Property Grant Scheme

Businesses and organisations will be able to apply for up to £10,000 of funding to bring a vacant commercial property back into use.

Visit the Vacant Commercial Property Grant Scheme page for more information. 

The Welcome Back Fund

The Welcome Back Fund is open to applications until 5pm on Monday 13 December 2021.

You can apply for up to £2,400 to support activity and events that will safely animate and welcome people back to Bristol’s city centre and 46 high streets, boosting footfall and supporting local businesses.

Reopening High Streets Safely and Welcome Back Fund

We use the Reopening High Streets Safely and Welcome Back Fund to support the safe reopening of the City Centre and high streets and to create and promote a safe environment for local trade and tourism.

Business Engagement and Support 

1 to 1 visits to high street businesses to understand their needs and provide support and signposting.

Marketing and promotion 


It also includes geographically targeted interventions for the City Centre and nine priority high streets:  

  • improving the appearance and providing more greening, for example with planters and hanging baskets
  • culture and events activities

What we are doing

We've been listening to ideas and suggestions from businesses, residents and visitors through on-street sessions, online focus groups and surveys. The engagement activity came to an end on 8 November.

We'll be using the information shared with us to develop action plans for the areas below, which we will share for feedback in December 2021 or January 2022:

  • city centre
  • Brislington (Brislington Hill and Bristol Hill)
  • Church Road, St George
  • East Street, Bedminster
  • Filton Avenue
  • Filwood Broadway
  • Shirehampton High Street
  • Stapleton Road
  • Stockwood (Hollway Road and Stockwood Road)
  • Two Mile Hill