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MEDIA RELEASE - Council launches new retail upgrade scheme

2 July 2020

Businesses in the Glenelg Shire will be able to secure funding to give their shopfront a ‘facelift’ thanks to a new business improvement program.

The Glenelg Shire Council have launched a Retail Façade Improvement Program, offering a loan or grant funding to assist local businesses wanting to improve the appearance of their premises.

The program will provide grant funds up to the value of $5,000, or an interest free loan from $5,000 to $10,000 payable over five years.

Grants can be used for:
• Painting and/or cleaning of façade;
• Removal of outdated assets such as signage, air conditioning units and hoardings;
• Minor repairs, maintenance or reinstatement of missing elements, particularly for heritage buildings;
• Minor repairs to existing façade tiles or stone accents, or structural façade elements and awnings;
• Veranda upgrades including new constructions and replacements;
• Installation of new business signage;
• Installation of new store lighting visible from the street; and
• Other external façade works proposed by a landlord/business owner that reflect the intent and purpose of the fund.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the program aimed to improve the overall appeal of the Shire whilst supporting local businesses.

“The program will provide businesses with an opportunity to freshen up their shopfront, thereby improving the appearance of shopping strips across the shire, which has positive flow on effects in attracting customers and visitors to the region,” she said.
“We also hope making shopping strips more attractive will encourage residents to spend locally too; supporting local traders and the local economy, which is more important than ever.”
Cr Rank encouraged businesses to contact Council prior to submitting an application.

“As part of the grant process, applicants will be required to provide a detailed description of the proposed works with a quote outlining the investment,” she said.

“It is important to ensure all necessary information is included to maximise the opportunity for funding, so I advise interested businesses to get in touch with Council first to discuss their application.”

Applications open Monday 6 July 2020 and will be open all year round.

Individuals may apply for funding for multiple projects, but the maximum amount granted will be $10,000 per financial year.

Full eligibility and program details can be found via the Economic Development section of the Glenelg Shire website.

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