Scenic Rim commercial property owners looking to give their shopfront a facelift are eligible for grant funding under Council’s new Scenic Rim Façade Improvement Scheme.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the grants were part of Council’s second Economic Stimulus Package in response to COVID-19, which had impacted local businesses and the economy.
“The scheme is designed to help local property owners improve their building facades so they have a more engaging street appeal and in doing so, supporting economic outcomes.
“An attractive looking shopfront can entice new customers and increase sales, and support and inspire further business investment,” he said.
“A key element of the scheme is to support our local trades and businesses to encourage economic recovery across the region.
“We will be encouraging applicants to engage local contractors and suppliers of goods and services where they can to help support jobs for other local businesses,” Cr Christensen said.
“The scheme is not only open to commercial property owners, but also tenants, however they would need written support from their landlords to participate in the scheme.
“Council will contribute funding of 25% of total project costs, however this will be capped at a maximum of $3,000.”
Cr Christensen said the façade improvements are not just about a lick of paint or a new sign.
“There’s an array of restoration works that are eligible under the scheme including lighting, landscaping, awnings, windows and doors, so I encourage anyone considering applying to scheme to speak to Council about their plans.”
Applications open today, 8 September 2020 and close on 31 December 2020 or until funds are allocated.
More information about the Scenic Rim Façade Improvement Scheme is available on Council’s website www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/covid-19/for-businesses or call Council’s Regional Prosperity team on 07 5540 5111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org