Mainstreets and Laneways Revitalisation and Improvement Grants

Receive up to $10,000 to enhance and activate your shopfront or outdoor area

Small businesses, organisations and property owners in eligible precinct zones are encouraged to apply for funding to attract visitors and improve the experience of their patrons through improvements to their frontages and/or street front outdoor dining areas.

The boundaries of eligibility for businesses, organisations and properties include the laneways in the precincts surrounding Council’s key Mainstreets:

  • Hutt Street
  • Hindley Street
  • Gouger Street
  • Rundle Street
  • Melbourne Street
  • O’Connell Street

The eligibility also includes the emerging visitor economy and business activity along the following streets:

  • Sturt Street
  • Halifax Street

Please see the Guidelines for more information on eligible addresses.

Grants from $2,000 to a maximum of $10,000 are available, with the applicants contributing at least 20% of the total costs of the proposed improvements.

These grants have been jointly funded by the City of Adelaide and the State Government of South Australia to reignite the City.

Applicants who have already received funding through a Mainstreets Revitalisation and Improvement Grant in 2021 or 2022 or a Shopfront Improvement Grant in 2022 are not eligible to apply.

If you were successful in the above grant rounds but have not yet proceeded with the grant, you will be required to withdraw your application to be eligible for any further grants. (Please contact City of Adelaide to discuss if this is relevant to your application).

View Program Guidelines PDF

View Eligible Precincts Map

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Applications close 4 pm, Monday 11 July 2022.

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This incentive is supported by the State Government of South Australia.

Government of South Australia

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants can apply for any amount from $2,000 up to $10,000 inclusive of GST. The application must show a contribution by the applicant to the total funds of at least 20% of the total budget.

Applications will be considered from businesses, organisations and property owners within the following Mainstreet precincts:

  1. The O'Connell Street precinct includes businesses on all streets and laneways within the border of Barton Terrace West and Barton Terrace East, Lefevre Terrace, Brougham Place, Palmer Place, Wellington Square and Jeffcott Street. This precinct does not include businesses with Barton Terrace West, Barton Terrace East, Lefevre Terrace, Brougham Place and Palmer Place addresses.
  2. The Melbourne Street precinct includes businesses on all streets and laneways within the border of MacKinnon Parade, Mann Terrace, Finnis Street, Brougham Place and Kingston Terrace. This precinct does not include businesses with MacKinnon Parade, Mann Terrace,
    Finnis Street or Kingston Terrace addresses.
  3. The Hindley Street precinct includes businesses on all streets and laneways within the
    border of North Terrace, King William Street, Currie Street and West Terrace. This precinct
    does not include businesses with North Terrace, King William Street, Currie Street or West Terrace addresses.
  4. The Rundle Street precinct includes businesses on all streets and laneways within the border of North Terrace, East Terrace, Grenfell Street and King William Street. This precinct does not include businesses on Rundle Mall, or with North Terrace, East Terrace, Grenfell Street, Pulteney Street or King William Street addresses.
  5. The Gouger Street precinct includes businesses on all streets and laneways within the border of Grote Street, King William Road, Wright Street and West Terrace. This precinct does not include businesses with Grote Street, King William Road, Wright Street or West Terrace addresses.
  6. The Hutt St precinct includes businesses on all streets and laneways within the border of Pirie St / Bartels Rd, East Terrace (at Bartels Rd South), South Terrace, Blackburn St, Cardwell St and Daly St. This precinct does not include businesses with Pirie St / Bartels Rd, East Terrace, South Terrace, Blackburn St or Cardwell St or Daly St addresses.
  7. Sturt St/Halifax Street precinct includes businesses with a street address on Sturt Street or an address from 1 - 238 Halifax Street.

View Eligible Precincts Map

Applicants can discuss their improvement ideas with a City of Adelaide Place Coordinator:

For general enquiries and applications from Gouger Street, Sturt Street and Halifax Street please contact Project Support Coordinator Elizabeth Jilbert by email at [email protected] or phone (08) 8203 7996.

Successful applicants will be notified from the 21 July 2022

No, we don’t. Only projects within Adelaide (5000) and North Adelaide (5006) on Hutt, Hindley, Gouger, Rundle, Melbourne and O’Connell Streets are eligible to receive funding for this grant.

Applicants are encouraged to implement ideas that will support them to:

  • Activate the outdoor areas adjacent to their business or property
  • Enhance the presentation of a building or business
  • Complement the character of the surrounding area and contribute to amenity and a more interesting and exciting street experience.

Some examples of this include:

  • Fixed external heating and cooling devices
  • Non-fixed outdoor dining furniture including portable outdoor heaters
  • Awnings/shade provisions
  • Repainting of external shop frontage, including artwork and murals
  • Adding external materials that provide attractive detail, such as texture or tiling
  • Improving accessibility for all users
  • Adding greening elements such as planting vines, green walls or window boxes
  • Addition of bi-fold windows to the street front.

For more information about permits and approvals please see Council’s website or contact 8203 7203.

No - the scheme is to support the purchase of items for improvements only.

Applicants who have already received funding through a Mainstreets Revitalisation and Improvement Grant in 2021 or 2022 or a Shopfront Improvement Grant in 2022 are not eligible to apply.

Yes - there may be fees associated required to be paid for your Council development approval or City Works permit. You can include these fees in your grant application.

No - any Council fees or permits must still be applied and paid for. You can include these fees in your grant application.

All successful applicants will be required to complete an acquittal report on the project within 6 weeks of completion date. We will provide you with an acquittal reporting template once you sign your funding agreement and this is what you need to complete and return to us to let us know how your improvement project went and what the funding was spent on.

Applicants who do not complete and return an acquittal report will be ineligible for any future applications and funding.

Yes - we require you to provide the receipts and/or invoices for purchase of the funded improvements as part of your acquittal.

If successful, applicants will work with us to develop a funding agreement as soon as possible, with funding available upon a co-signed agreement.

We understand that some activities may be affected due to COVID-19 and we will work with successful applicants to either alter the agreement if postponement is required.

Need more information?

Applicants can discuss their improvement ideas with a City of Adelaide Place Coordinator:

For general enquiries and applications from Gouger Street, Sturt Street and Halifax Street please contact Project Support Coordinator Elizabeth Jilbert by email at [email protected] or phone (08) 8203 7996.

To learn more about other Reignite Adelaide initiatives you may be eligible for, view the full list of opportunities