City-Wide Shopfront Improvement Grant

Receive up to $10,000 to enhance your shopfront and street appeal.

Small businesses, organisations and property owners are encouraged to apply for funding to enhance the presentation of a building or business, contribute to amenity for their customers and make a creative contribution to the streetscape.

Funding is available for up to 80% of the total project costs, to a maximum of $10,000 per applicant. Successful applicants must fund at least 20% of the total project costs.

Who is eligible?

Applications will be considered from businesses, organisations and property owners with fixed businesses in Adelaide (5000) or North Adelaide (5006). If an application is being submitted by a tenant, the applicant must also provide proof of landlord approval.

Applicants who have received funding through a previous City-Wide Shopfront Improvement Grant in 2022 or Mainstreet and Laneways Revitalisation & Improvement Grant (in 2021 or 2022) for the same address as this application are not eligible to apply.

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Applications close 4:00 pm, Monday 15 August 2022.

Need more information?

For general enquiries please contact Business & Industry Engagement Advisor Stella Biggs by email at s.biggs@aedasa.com.au or phone (08) 8203 7124.

See the Program Guidelines Here

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding is available for up to 80% of the total project costs, to a maximum of $10,000 per applicant. As a condition of the grant approval, each recipient must fund a minimum of 20% of the total costs e.g., to apply for $10,000, you must demonstrate total GST exclusive project expenditure of $12,000 or more.

Applications will be considered from businesses, organisations and property owners with fixed businesses in Adelaide City (5000) or North Adelaide (5006). If an application is being submitted by a tenant, the applicant must also provide evidence of landlord approval.

Applicants who have received funding through a previous City-Wide Shopfront Improvement Grant in 2022 or Mainstreet and Laneways Revitalisation & Improvement Grant (in 2021 or 2022) for the same address as this application are not eligible to apply.

For general enquiries, please contact Business & Industry Engagement Advisor Stella Biggs by email at s.biggs@aedasa.com.au or phone (08) 8203 7124.

Applicants are encouraged to implement ideas that enhance the presentation of a building, attract visitors, contribute to amenity, or make a creative contribution to the area in which the business is located.

Grants are available for improvements to your shopfront. These can include:

  • Improving accessibility and the level of amenity for users around the interface of elements within the public realm
  • Repainting of external shop frontage that substantially enhances the presentation of a building in a manner that attracts visitors and makes a positive and creative contribution to the area
  • Improvements to frontages to interact with the street, such as the addition of bi-fold windows or doors
  • Adding external materials or wall treatments that substantially enhance the shopfront with attractive detail
  • Replacement or renewal of outdoor dining furniture
  • Improvements to signage if part of a broader shopfront enhancement project
  • Installation of energy-efficient external lighting which increases safety, amenity, operations, and accessibility of the business.
  • Adding greening elements such as planting vines or green walls

Please note, applicants can upload renders or images of their proposed improvement project to the online application form. Submissions for joint concepts that benefit multiple adjacent businesses are welcomed. However, each business will need to apply separately for funds to improve their shopfront (i.e., one combined application is not permitted).

The Shopfront Improvement Grants are not available for:

  • Improvements that have already commenced or completed
  • Routine maintenance, painting, repair or cleaning
  • Projects that make a limited or minor contribution to the street amenity/customer experience (e.g painting the building façade the same colour or updating existing signage with like for similar)
  • Standalone advertising signage improvements
  • Purchase of buildings or property extensions
  • Projects that represent the substantial construction or total refitting of floorspace which are part of a broader redevelopment of city arcades/centres
  • Business relocation costs i.e., removalists, contractors, transport etc.
  • Internal shop fittings including display shelves, internal lighting, or painting
  • The addition of/improvement of high‐level signage (i.e. from the second floor up)
  • Staffing or operational costs

If you wish to discuss your project idea, please contact Business & Industry Engagement Advisor Stella Biggs by email at s.biggs@aedasa.com.au or phone (08) 8203 7124.

Yes, submissions for joint concepts that benefit multiple adjacent businesses are welcomed. However, each business will need to apply separately for funds to improve their shopfront (i.e. one combined application is not permitted).

For information about permits and approvals please see Council’s website or contact (08) 8203 7203.

No, the grant program is to support the purchase of items/works for improvements only.

Yes - there may be fees associated required to be paid for your Council development approval or City Works permit.

No - any Council fees or permits must still be applied and paid for.

Successful applicants will be notified from Wednesday 31 August 2022.

Prior to payment, all successful applicants will be required to sign and return the Notice of Offer agreement and provide:

  1. Public liability insurance (minimum $20 million) certificate of currency, noting The City of Adelaide as an interested party
  2. If the applicant is not the owner of the building, written approval from the Building Owner for any amendments to occur
  3. Approved Development Approval or appropriate Permit or License from the City of Adelaide (if required)

Following receipt of the signed Notice of Offer and supporting documentation, Council will provide a link to an online reimbursement claim form. The following proof of completion of the works must be attached to the online reimbursement claim:

  1. Proof of payment (paid tax invoices/receipts from suppliers)
  2. Before and after photos of the completed project

Should no further information or evidence be required and the claim has been approved, the City of Adelaide will reimburse up to the agreed amount within 7 days from receipt of the claim for reimbursement with proof of payments provided.

Approved projects must be commenced or application for development and/or building approval lodged before 30 November 2022. Projects must be fully completed before 30 June 2023.

We understand that some projects may be affected due to COVID-19, and we will work with successful applicants to alter the agreement if required.

For general enquiries or to discuss your idea, please contact Business & Industry Engagement Advisor Stella Biggs by email at s.biggs@aedasa.com.au or phone (08) 8203 7124.