Business improvement grants

Business improvement grants

Business improvement grants

The business improvement grant program provides targeted support to improve precinct amenity and stimulate business activity. This grant provides matched funds for business operators or property owners to undertake visual improvements to their shopfronts and facades, or undertake acoustic audits for the purpose of live music programming.

Expected program outcomes

Projects can contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Improved, lively and attractive commercial precinct streetscapes.
  • Increased footfall and patronage for retail outlets.
  • Increased numbers of venues hosting live music and performance.

Funding available

  • Shopfront improvement: Matched grant up to $10,000 for applications from priority precincts.
  • Acoustic audits: Matched grant up to $5,000 for costs associated with acoustic audits to support venues seeking to offer live music and performance programming.

Shopfront improvement location eligibility

Identified commercial precinct until 31 December 2015: 

  • Oxford Street - The northern side of the street from Boundary Road to College Street, and the southern side from Wentworth Avenue to Moore Park Road.  

Identified commercial precincts from 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2016 include:

  • Kings Cross - Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street from Burton Street to Greenknowe Street
  • Kings Cross - Bayswater Road from Darlinghurst Road to Ward Avenue
  • Kings Cross - Victoria Street from Burton Street to Darlinghurst Road.

Key dates

Applications can be submitted on an ad hoc basis throughout the financial year.

  • Applications should be submitted online at least 12 weeks prior to the activity taking place.
  • The activity should take place within 12 months of the approval date.


For more information about this program or how to apply, please contact: 

Grants Team02 9265 9333

Last updated: Thursday, 8 January 2015