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Retail Facade 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.

Program Scope

This program will assist business owners to improve businesses aesthetically, their visibility to customers and to ultimately improve the appeal of retail streetscapes within the Glenelg Shire Retail Precincts.

The loan or grant scheme provides funds for eligible works that promote the improvement to Retail Façade within the Shire. Applicants may apply for either a loan or a grant.

Grants will be available up to the value of $5,000 or an interest free loan from $5,000 to $10,000 payable over 5 years. No co-contribution is required.
Individuals may apply for funding for multiple projects, but the maximum amount granted will be $10,000 per financial year.

Applications are open all year via the SmartyGrants link on Council’s website.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications for a loan or grant under this scheme will only be considered if they meet the following criteria:

• Where required, a planning permit or building permit must be obtained and compliance with such permit followed.
• Works have not commenced or been completed prior to submitting an application.
• Must not have previously been granted/received $10,000 in the current financial year.

The project involves carrying out work on Retail Façade Infrastructure within the Shire Retail Precincts.

Types of Work Eligible

The funds would be available for such works as:

•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•Removal of outdated assets such as signage, air conditioning units and hoardings;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.

Application Process

To apply, please submit your application online via SmartyGrants.
Applications are open all year round.

To discuss the program, please contact Council's Economic Development Unit:
Email: jyoung@glenelg.vic.gov.au
Phone: 1300 GLENELG

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