Grants of up to £5,000 are being made available as part of a new scheme aimed at helping business owners improve their shop frontages in Prestonpans.

The fund, launched by East Lothian Council in partnership with Prestonpans Community Council, will enable businesses to repair or enhance their property and help “generate a visual impact within their town centre”, complementing the wider regeneration investment in the area, including the works at Preston Tower and Prestonpans Civic Square.

Grants of up to £5,000 can be made from the Prestonpans Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme.

As the fund is limited, all applications received will be assessed in terms of the fund priorities, and grant awards made accordingly. Funded works can include redecoration, new signage, repairs to shopfronts, reinstatement of missing architectural details or replacement of the shopfront with a new frontage.

The fund is now open for applications, with a deadline for submissions of Friday, March 8.

Councillor John McMillan, cabinet spokesperson for environment, economic development and tourism, said: “Shopfront grant schemes are an ideal way to support local communities and businesses to generate a visual impact within their town centre and to enhance high street activity and encourage increased footfall.

“Prestonpans has some fantastic businesses which are important to the local community and, with the wider investment in the town, could benefit from a potential increase in visitors to the area.”

Ferhan Ashiq, Prestonpans Community Council member, said: “The community council warmly embraces the commitment and investment from East Lothian Council in our beloved High Street.

“Emphasising the value of enriching our community, we eagerly anticipate the prospect of local businesses putting forth bids that not only enhance our surroundings but also entice both residents and tourists to the charm of our remarkable High Street.

“Together, let’s forge a path towards a more vibrant and inviting community.”

DJ Johnston-Smith, chair of the community council, added: “This grant will go a long way in supporting businesses in the town. We are glad we have been able to support this and will continue to promote it. We want our shopfronts to look as good as possible in the town.”

More shopfront improvement grant schemes are being planned across the county, working with local communities to ensure the investment is delivered to benefit each settlement, town centre or local area.

It is hoped that a similar scheme will be rolled out in Tranent in the near future.

For an application form for the Prestonpans Shopfront Improvement Grant Scheme, email Regeneration@east