Shopfront Improvement Stream
(Formerly known as the Business Assistance Grant)
1.0 BUSINESS GUIDELINES & APPLICATION INFORMATION
1.1 WHAT IS THE SHOPFRONT IMPROVEMENT GRANT?
The Shopfront Improvement grant is a Flinders Shire Council initiative which supports the revitalisation of building facades of small businesses across the Flinders Shire region. The goals of this program are to increase the economic opportunities for small business through increased patronage, support the preservation and improvement of building facades and make more attractive commercial streetscapes across townships in the Shire.
Council’s Shopfront Improvement grant seeks to work in partnership with business owners and operators to facilitate and support the revitalisation of commercial facades and improve access to commercial buildings.
Shopfront Improvement Grants are a matched grant, meaning that for every dollar requested, the applicant must have at least equal that amount to put toward the project. The types of matching contributions that are accepted include in-kind contributions (such as donated supplied, materials or services), volunteer time (such as labour) and direct cash input to the project. All contributions must have a dollar value and be visible in the project budget.
The contribution made by Council cannot exceed 50% of the total costs of the upgrade – up to $5,000 per building
1.2 WHAT KIND OF WORKS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR SHOPFRONT IMPROVEMENT GRANT?
Works which will be considered for funding include:
- Exterior painting
- Removal of redundant signage, air conditioning units and hoardings
- Improvements of advertising, signage and banners (shopfront only)
- A public art project
- Window front presentations
- Improving accessibility for all users
- Greening elements, planter pots etc.
- Repairs to structural facade elements and awnings
- Creative Facade treatments e.g. vertical gardens or new timber panelling
- New repairs and replacements of verandas
- Other external facade works that might be proposed by a landlord/business owner that reflects the intent and purpose of the fund.
- Internal and external display lighting
- Improvements to frontages to interact with the street
- Adding external materials and treatments that provide attractive detail, such as texture or tiling
- Improving accessibility for all users
If you have a project idea which has not been listed above, please contact Economic and Tourism Development Advisor on 07) 4741 2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to confirm eligibility.
1.3 IS MY BUSINESS ELIGIBLE?
To be eligible for the Shopfront Improvement Grant, your business needs to:
- Have an ABN registered in the Flinders Shire Council area
- Trade from a shopfront in Flinders Shire (Hughenden, Prairie, Torrens Creek or Stamford)
- Be a property owner or a tenant holding owner’s consent
- Business must be a small business – employing under 20 employees
- Businesses are encouraged to shop locally when undertaking beautification works.
- We would welcome proposals where a number of nearby businesses would like to collaborate to enhance the street appeal.
- Note: Businesses located on Brodie Street between Gray and Flinders Street are not eligible due to the Brodie Street rehabilitation project which will cover these shop fronts.
1.4 WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
- Applications open on 15 February, and close 22 March 2021. Submit your application via smartygrants.
- Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Scope: proposed works are in line with objective of grant and within eligible project and business guidelines
- Budget: Request for no more than 50% of total budget (up to $5,000), and inclusion of quote from suitably qualified personnel/licensed contractor for completion of work
- Timeframe: work must be scheduled for completion by June 2021
- Applications will be reviewed by an independent evaluation panel. Submitting an application does not guarantee you will receive a Shopfront Improvement and Access Grant. This grant program has a limited funding pool available and applications will be assessed and ranked according to Council's grant assessment criteria and processes.
For more information contact Council’s Economic and Tourism Development Advisor by phoning 4741 2900 or by emailing email@example.com
1.5 WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Council may contact you following receipt of your application to discuss the project or to request additional information. If your proposed improvement requires Development Approval you will be asked to submit a Development Application (fees apply). Applications are assessed on their merits and there is no guarantee that Council approve a contribution towards the costs of your project.