Shopfront improvement grants
Roller shutters and unsightly shopfronts in commercial village centres create a lifeless, unsightly and hostile environment. They can obscure products or services, reduce ambient light on the street, potentially screen illegal activity, and present a target for graffiti. Roller shutters contribute to a general perception that an area is unsafe and may have little to offer the local community or visitor.
Through the Shopfront Improvement Grant Program the City of Sydney seeks to encourage building owners or tenants to make improvements to a shopfront which, without financial assistance, may not be able to occur.
The applicant must make a matched contribution of cash only, not 'value-in-kind', to the project. This contribution must not be obtained through any other subsidy from state, territory or federal governments.
Matched grants of up to $6,000 will be considered for this program. An amount of $1,000 matched funding will be considered for each additional roller shutter removed from the same building.
The matched cash contribution may cover costs including but not limited to:
- removal of roller shutters
- making good the structure and finishes around shutter cavity
- replacement of an approved security device or alarm system
- laminating or double glazing
- removal of unused signs
- security lighting
- application of anti-graffiti treatments
- shopfront painting
- fixed display shelves within the window frame
- repairs to the under awning.
Applicants applying for funding in the Oxford Street precinct may apply from 1 January 2013.
Applicants applying for funding in Redfern must apply before 30 June 2013.
General policy eligibility and exclusions apply.
How to apply
All applications are assessed against the grant criteria and in accordance with the City's grants and sponsorships policy (download below).
Applications are accepted on an ad hoc basis by the City’s business precincts manager.
For more information about this program, please contact:
The Grants Team
02 9265 9333 email@example.com
Last updated: Friday, 8 February 2013