Business grants

The City have developed the Place Grants (Shopfront Improvements) to facilitate small-scale improvements that enhance the destination and visitor experience for shops in the City’s centres. Applications close 5pm Monday 28 February 2022.

What do the Place Grants (Shopfront Improvements) funds?

Place Grants (Shop Improvements), up to $5,000 per individual business, may be considered where they facilitate:

  • Cleaning and painting of the existing façade
  • Repairs to structural façade elements
  • External architectural and or artistic facade features
  • Repairing doors and entrance ways
  • Upgrading entrance for accessible access
  • Window treatments including vacant shopfront windows (e.g.) vinyl artwork
  • Tiling or painting exterior walls
  • Repairing awnings/canopies
  • Creative lighting and projections on façades, awnings, footpaths and laneways
  • Removal of redundant signage, air conditioning units and hoardings
  • Verge upgrades
  • Wayfinding and/or place branding signage
  • Landscaping including planter boxes or vertical gardens in public and private property
  • Landscaping including tree planting and garden beds in private property
  • Public art elements including painted murals, exhibition (light) boxes, window or footpath decals, and or projections
  • Al fresco furniture
  • Activation of underused space and/or adaptive re-use of a space including rooftops or laneways.

Am I eligible?

Applicants will be eligible for only one grant. Proposals must meet the following:

  • Small businesses with an ABN, not for profit organisations and charities, strata bodies and property owners (that lease to a small business) in the City’s town centres.
  • The property owner’s consent must be obtained as part of this application. For most proposals this will likely be the owner of the tenancy. If your proposal involves public land (i.e. the footpath), permission from the City of Stirling will be required. 
  • Priority will be given to those applicants that have not received funding in the previous year
  • If applicable, applicants must ensure the proposed works are consistent with Character Retention Guidelines or other City Policies and Strategies
  • The application is for eligible works and the applicant must have submitted all relevant information with the completed application form
  • Improvement works to be undertaken by a local business/local tradesperson within the City of Stirling boundary where practicable.

How do I make an application?

StepsApplication information

Step one

If you have any queries about the fund, please contact the City Future Projects Team at the City of Stirling either via phone on 9205 8555 or email cityfutureprojects@stirling.wa.gov.au

Step two

Complete the Place Grants (Shopfront Improvement) Application form through Smarty Grants below. 

You should answer all the questions provided with as much detail as possible. Your responses will enable the Assessment Panel to make their decision.

Step three

Submit your application.

Once you have submitted your application you will receive an email acknowledging receipt. We aim to provide an outcome within two weeks of the round closure, though in some circumstances this may not be possible. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email.

To complete an application, visit SmartyGrants
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Business Grants - Doubleview shops

Find out more

For more information about these grants please contact the City’s City Future Projects team via email at cityfutureprojects@stirling.wa.gov.au.