Adelaide giving grants up to $10,000 to small businesses

City businesses along 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 spend 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.”

Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor says “we are committed to helping our businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic and this support from the State Government, administered by the City of Adelaide, will allow businesses to improve their shops and attract customers to our main streets. 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.”


Anyone who owns a currently active small businesses or property on the six city main streets can apply for the grants of up to $10,000 to cover 80 per cent of the cost of improvements. Each recipient will need to fund 20 per cent of the project costs.

That means if you’re a salon, treatment room, hairdresser, spa or nail salon, you 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 yesterday (14 April) and the scheme will open for applications later this year.

If you’re a small business on one of these main streets in Adelaide, register your interest here.

Professional Beauty has confirmed that grant allocation is anticipated to happen in May 2021.

For more information on the program visit Mainstreet Revitalisation & Improvement Grants | City of Adelaide.

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