Business Enhancement Grants

Small business owners looking for funding support can now apply for the City of Vincent’s first-ever Business Enhancement Grants program.

Vincent has developed the program to support business and property owners to make small-scale incremental improvements that enhance the street appeal, presentation and functionality of its neighbourhoods and town centres.

Some examples of enhancements include facade upgrades such as painting and structural repair, landscaping, alfresco dining, public art, branding and window improvements.

Interested applicants will need to organise a chat with a City of Vincent Place Planner, who is responsible for activating town centres through urban design and placemaking, before applying.

Grants of up to $5000 are available. Applicants will need to match Vincent’s grant amount in order to be eligible.

Applications will be open between Monday 23 October and Friday 24 November 2023.

Grant Guidelines

View the Grant Guidelines here: Business Enhancement Grants 2023/24. 

Eligible applicants

  • Small businesses with 1–19 full-time employees and an ABN, or not-for-profit organisations or charities that lease a commercial shopfront.

  • Strata bodies and property owners that lease a commercial shopfront to the aforementioned applicants.

Ineligible applicants

  • Franchise businesses.

  • Projects that are already funded or supported by the City of Vincent.

  • Current City of Vincent employees or their immediate families.

  • Businesses located outside of the eligible locations.


  • Facade enhancements including cleaning and painting, structural repair, tiling, external architectural and/or artistic facade features.

  • Street furniture, affixed eating area furniture, parklets and eatlets as per the Vibrant Public Spaces Policy.

  • Alfresco dining as per the Outdoor Eating Area Permit.

  • Display of goods.

  • Upgrading entrances for accessible access.

  • Wayfinding and/or place branding signage.

  • Public art elements.

  • Window dressing.

  • Window treatments including vacant shopfront windows.

  • Enhancement or activation of underused space and/or adaptive re-use of a space.

  • Opening up a tenancy for servery windows.

  • Improvements to frontages to interact with the street, such as bi-fold windows or doors.

  • Awnings/canopies.

  • Removal of redundant signage, air conditioning units and hoardings.

  • Removal of window coverings, roller shutters and screening.

  • Creative lighting and projections on facades, awnings and footpaths.

  • Landscaping including planter boxes or vertical gardens on public and private property.


How to apply

  • Read through the information pack provided by the City of Vincent.

  • Contact a Place Planner at or 9273 6000.

  • Go through the application process and project details with the Place Planner.

  • Complete and send an application form to the City of Vincent before 24 November 2023.

For more information contact a Place Planner at or 9273 6000.

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