Business start-up grant for motorhome and campervan sites

Support provided by Dumfries and Galloway Council

What does this involve?

Dumfries and Galloway Council offer start-up grants to support the launch of motorhome or campervan sites, know as aires, across the region.

The grant can cover up to 50% of the costs associated with creating or improving an aire site, up to a maximum of £5,000 per site.

The grant can be used for expenses such as signage, site markings, site improvements, web design, black and grey water disposal, and lighting, although any lighting or power options will have to be sustainable to support a just transition to net zero.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you are a resident and plan to trade in the Dumfries and Galloway Council area.

The grant is only available for sites that:

  • can park at least 3 motorhomes
  • provide a motorhome-specific offering with appropriate charging
  • are certified locations or already have appropriate planning permission

All business sectors and commercial types are eligible, including sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and social enterprises. 

What does this cost?

You will be required to pay no less than 50% of the approved associated costs to create or improve the aire.

The grant will be paid retrospectively after you submit evidence of your expenses, so you will need to cover the costs upfront.

Who is this for?

Any new or existing businesses or constituted social enterprises based in the Dumfries and Galloway Council area that plan to open a motorhome and campervan site, or aire.

How long does this take?

Applications will be assessed on an individual basis, so timeframes may vary.

You will need to get planning permission and submit a range of supporting documents, including a business outline or plan - you should allow time for all this.

Important information

To secure a grant, you must submit all supporting documentation.

You will need to provide:

  • a copy of your planning permission for the aire
  • your UTR code or company registration number
  • personal identification in the form of a valid driving licence or passport
  • proof of your residential address in Dumfries and Galloway, such as a current utility or council tax bill
  • a business bank account statement or bank statement from an account used solely for business
  • a business outline plan with a 12-month cashflow forecast

Applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Projects that involve the development of new facilities and provide value for money projects will get priority. 

Next steps

Submit an enquiry to Business Gateway Dumfries and Galloway for more information and to get support with your application from an adviser.

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