Facade Improvement Grants

Hughans Facade Grant before and after

Are you a NEW or expanding business establishing or relocating into a commercial area of a town within the Ararat Rural City?

The Ararat Rural City Council Façade Grants Scheme continues to support businesses by transforming our town into a vibrant and welcoming rural city.

Valued at up to $10,000 on a 2:1 basis, the grant offers local businesses the ability to maintain our great heritage buildings and refresh their stores. 

All Applications will be accessed by an internal panel from the Ararat Rural City Council.

The grant is eligible to a wide range of businesses across the entire municipality, if they have street frontage, and are located within the council area, they are encouraged to place an application.

Applications will remain open until all available funds are exhausted in 23/24 financial year.

All new or expanding business establishing or relocating into a commercial area of a town within the Ararat Rural City.
Eligible businesses that operate from a commercial or industrial premises with street frontage would need to either;

  1. Provide business plans for expansion 
  2. In the process of relocating to a new commercial premises 
  3. Relocating from a home-based business
  4. Started a new business after June 30 2022

Works that can be completed as part of the scheme include:

  • Painting of the façade
  • Cleaning the existing façade
  • Replacement of doors, windows or glasswork to facade
  • Removal of redundant signage, air conditioning units and hoardings to the façade
  • Minor repair, maintenance or reinstatement of missing elements
  • Minor repairs to existing façade tile or stone accents
  • Minor repairs to structural façade elements and awnings
  • New, repairs and replacements of verandahs
  • Installation of new business signage
  • Installation of outdoor lighting
  • Installation of fixed outdoor heating or cooling
  • Installation of retractable café blinds or awnings
  • Production and Installation of matching external street dividers/ Planter boxes or umbrella sleeves (hospitality specific) 

Applications will close once the funds are exhausted. Click below to apply, or view the application guidelines.

Facade Improvement Grants - Application Form

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