Welcome Back Fund

Guidance to help local authorities and partners to deliver activities supported through the Welcome Back Fund. This funding builds on the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund announced in May 2020.

Applies to England



The Welcome Back Fund is providing councils across England a share of £56 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the safe return to high streets and help build back better from the pandemic. This funding builds on the £50 million Reopening High Street Safely Fund (RHSSF) allocated to councils in 2020 and forms part of the wider support government is providing to communities and businesses.

This guidance builds on and replaces the previously published RHSSF guidance. The purpose of this guidance is to provide details of the activities that can be supported through the Fund and an overview of how it will be administered, as well as key ERDF contractual requirements. View the launch of the Fund.

Published 16 April 2021
Last updated 28 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Guidance and FAQ both updated with v3

  2. Versions 3 of the FAQ and guidance for the Welcome Back Fund have been added.

  3. Version 2 of the guidance and FAQ added

  4. Added frequently asked questions.

  5. First published.