Why invest in shopfront and façade improvements?
Business Beautification Program grants support the creation of a vibrant and appealing streetscape that will attract people, business and investment.
Improving façades has been proven to positively influence the perception of place and encourage overall improvement in the region’s economy, social and cultural environment, and safety.
What works can be included in this program?
What works can not be included in this program?
- Administrative costs not directly related to the project.
- Equipment purchases (e.g. ladders, gurneys, scaffolding, and safety barriers.)
- Works where a planning permit has been refused.
- Routine maintenance (defined as simple, small scale or general upkeep of a building.)
- Internal shop fittings.
Can I apply for funds for work I have already undertaken?
The program funds will not be granted retrospectively or for works already commenced.
What is the assessment process?
The Business Beautification Program applications will be assessed by the Business Assistance Scheme panel in the first week of December 2019.
At the Panel’s discretion, applicants may be awarded partial funding for certain elements of their application or alternatively, awarded funding at a lesser amount than the applicant has applied for. Any lesser financial assistance will involve consultation with the applicant prior to the grant application being approved.
What if I don’t own the building?
Permission will need to given by the owner of the building. Evidence of this needs to be provided by way of written, signed permission with the application.
What if I don't own the building and do not have the owner's details?
Write to us or send an email to email@example.com stating the building address and your intent; we will forward this on to the property owner for you and ask them to discuss with you. You will need to attach it to your online application to proceed.