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Grants available for shopfront improvements

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By Juliano Oliveira

Brisbane City Council has opened a co-funded project for shopfront improvements in the suburbs.

Property owners and tenants of shopfronts whose request is approved will be annually granted with $50,000 over four years directed to renovate their business front.

The definition of shopfront comprises a physical business premise that has ground floor street frontage, contains display windows and is open to, and trades with, the public. Examples include caf├ęs, restaurants, retail stores, galleries, and healthcare or service providers.

According to the Brisbane City Council, funding will cover up to 50% of the exterior reform costs, to a maximum of $5000 (excluding GST). The applicant, details the administration, must meet the balance cost (50% or more) of the shopfront improvements.

Applications for the 2020-21 financial year close at 11.59 pm on Wednesday 23 December 2020. Council will notify the successful applicants of the outcome by February 2021.

After the grant approval notification, the selected businesses will have to complete their project and submit an online acquittal form within 12 months. Grant recipients with overdue acquittal reports are not eligible to apply for further Council grants.

Suburban Shopfront Improvement Grants 2020-2021 applications can be found at https://brisbane.smartygrants.com.au/suburbanshopfrontimprovementgrants

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