Business Improvement Grants

Up to $10,000 is available to help businesses with shopfront and acoustic audit improvements to stimulate business activity and opportunities.


The City of Sydney’s Business Improvement Grant program provides targeted support to improve precinct amenity and stimulate business activity. This grant provides matched funds for business operators or property ownersto undertake visual improvements to theirshopfronts and facades, or undertake acoustic audits for the purpose of live music programming.



Projects can contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Improved, lively and attractive commercial precinct streetscapes
  • Increased footfall and patronage for retail outlets
  • Increased numbers of venues hosting live music and performance.



  • Shopfront improvement ‐ Matched grant up to $10,000 for applications from priority precincts
  • Acoustic audits ‐ Matched grant up to $5,000 for costs associated with acoustic audits to support venues seeking to offer live music and performance programming

Applicants must make a matched financial contribution (not value‐in‐kind) to the project. This contribution must not be obtained through any other funding support from state, territory or federal governments.


Eligible Projects

Shopfront Improvement

  • Enhancement of unsightly and unappealing shop frontages
  • Making good structure and finishes around window cavity including installation of fixed display shelves within the window frame
  • Laminating or double glazing of windows
  • Cleaning and repainting of internal spaces visible from the street including floors, walls and ceiling
  • Repainting of external shop frontage and/or façade
  • Removal of roller shutters (if applicable), and/or external unused signs
  • Repairs to under awning
  • Installation of approved security devices or alarm systems, security lighting and application of anti‐graffiti treatment

Acoustic audit

  • Accredited acoustic audits for eligible venues seeking to offer live music and performance programming


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Business Improvement Grants an applicant must:

  • Be a property or business located in the local government area
  • Be a property owner or a tenant holding owner’s consent
  • Have an appropriate business registration including that of sole trader
  • For Acoustic audit Program
    • Application must be made by the property or business owner of the premises that will be subject to the audit
    • Evidence must be provided of the development consent that approves the current or proposed use of the premises
    • Where a Section 96 application is required to change the use of the premise, documentation showing appropriate approvals are being sought by the applicant is required at the time of application.



Applications can be submitted any time throughout the financial year until funds are exhausted. It should be submitted online at least 12 weeks prior to the activity taking place and the  activity should take place within 12 months of the approval date.


More Information

  • Source
  • Business Improvement Grants – Guidelines

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