Mainstreets Revitalisation & Improvement Grants

Thank you for your interest. Applications are now closed for the Mainstreets Revitalisation & Improvement Grants..

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

Small businesses, organisations and property owners along Hutt, Hindley, Gouger Street, Rundle Street, Melbourne and O’Connell Street are encouraged to apply for funding to activate and improve their exteriors, outdoor areas and the overall street amenity to attract visitors and customers.

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.

Council and the State are committed to assisting small business and the city economy in COVID-19 recovery. The State Government of South Australia have invested $200k for Council to deliver Mainstreets Revitalisation and Improvement Grants which will contribute to Council’s Mainstreet Revitalisation program.

Recipients of City of Adelaide’s Outdoor Activation Grant funds are not eligible to apply.

The Program Guidelines, FAQ’s and online application can be found below.

View Program Guidelines PDF

Why has the City of Adelaide developed the Mainstreets Revitalisation & Improvement Grant Program?

The City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2020-2024 commits to building Strong Economies through activating mainstreets and laneways for economic growth. Council is also committed to a Dynamic City Culture through supporting the development of new cultural and civic infrastructure for the city, supporting community diversity, cultural expression, experiences and participation and by expanding Adelaide’s global reputation as a ‘magnet city’.

Mainstreets Revitalisation is a key deliverable to achieve Strong Economies and Dynamic City Culture.

The City of Adelaide is conscious that many of our city retailers and hospitality businesses already impacted by COVID-19 will struggle as we enter the traditionally quieter months for city visitation post the Festival season. While suburban shopping and retail hubs are experiencing a renaissance as a result of COVID-19, our city mainstreets are continuing to experience dwindling foot traffic and patronage.

Council has created this Mainstreets Revitalisation & Infrastructure Improvement Grants scheme for small businesses, organisations and property in selected mainstreets to access funding for outdoor and street frontage improvements.

Enhancements will contribute to improved street amenity, pedestrian permeability and drive visitation to businesses, ensuring the city’s identified mainstreets are a must-visit destination for residents, workers and visitors, now and in the future.

Council’s intention is to support the funding of up to 80% of infrastructure costs for successful applicants to help drive mainstreet revitalisation.

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 along Hutt, Hindley, Gouger, Rundle, Melbourne and O’Connell Streets for a variety of medium-to-long term street level improvements. Applicants can be:

  • Individuals and sole traders
  • A business
  • A property owner
  • Not-for-profit organisations and groups

Yes, please contact one of our Place Coordinators:

Successful applicants will be notified from 5 July 2021.

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.

No - if applicants have received previous Outdoor Activation Grant funding they are not eligible to apply. If applicants have received other types of funding from City of Adelaide they are still eligible to apply for this funding.

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.

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

Government of South Australia

Need more information?

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

Our Place Coordinators can share the latest information and improvement plans with you to help you with your application.

Gouger Street, Hindley Street and Rundle Street  – Jacqui Kohler: [email protected]

Hutt Street - Tanya Press: [email protected]

Melbourne Street - Cathie Trezona: [email protected]

O’Connell Street - Carrie Johnson: [email protected]