Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor confirmed the Government’s commitment to helping small businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic by announcing Government support of $10,000 for small businesses. “These grants can allow businesses to improve their shops and attract customers to our main streets,” she said. Businesses can paint their shop fronts, purchase new furniture or add new signage, plants, and heaters. “By focusing on our main streets, in collaboration with local businesses, we will create unique dining and shopping experiences in our precincts.”

City businesses along with six of Adelaide’s most iconic eating and retail strips are being urged to take advantage of new grants of up to $10,000 to enhance and activate their outdoor areas, helping to drive patronage and support jobs. This is the second infusion of funding provided for the initiative, with a  total of $200,000 being spent this around in addition to the $300,000 spent in the first round to bring the total government spending on the initiative to half a million dollars.

The main streets included in this round of funding are: Hutt, Hindley, Melbourne, O’Connell, Gouger and Rundle.

These grants will help drive foot traffic to the popular strips, increasing patronage and boosting business turnover,” said Minister for Local Government Vickie Chapman. “They can be used to make visual or practical improvements, as well as enhance social distancing measures – helping to keep South Australians safe and strong.”

WHO CAN APPLY?

Anyone who owns a currently active small business or property on the six-city main streets can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to cover 80 percent of the cost of improvements. Each recipient will need to fund 20 percent of the project costs.  This includes salons or clinics that can apply alongside the restaurants, cafes, and other small businesses on the same strips.

Only one application can be made per business and will need all appropriate insurances and licenses to qualify. For the purposes of this grant, a small business is classed as employing less than 20 full-time equivalent employees.

If you received money during previous rounds of Main Street Grants, you may not receive funding this time.

The media release announcing this second round of funding was published on the 14 Apri) and the scheme will open for applications later this year.

For more information on the program visit https://bit.ly/2QNuzgs