I was interested to read recently that the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation is offering grants to homeowners who wish to upgrade their properties, which will in turn improve the appearance of the town. They can apply for grants to help with a variety of types of work including garden work, house rendering, and painting.
£20,000 has been set aside by the Heritage Foundation to assist with grants, and the first deadline for applications is February 16th. People can make applications for grants between £100 and £1000. I understand that awards will be made in March and September.