Pop-up Shop Program Grant

The Pop-up Shop Program Grant is designed to support property owners and established online or home-based businesses who have progressed into an occupancy agreement through Brisbane City Council's Pop-up Shop Program. 

Applications can be submitted when occupancy agreements have been signed. 

Review the Pop-up Shop Program disclaimer before registering your interest.

The Pop-up Shop Program Grant includes:

 Grants for property owners

Purpose

The purpose of the property owner grant is to encourage property owners to allow temporary pop-up occupancy of their vacant shops by businesses that do not currently have retail premises.

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive the property owner grant, the property owner must:

  1. have registered for participation in the Pop-up Shop Program (the Program) and entered into initial discussions with Council’s Economic Development team;
  2. fully and legibly complete all the details on the online application form;
  3. own a ground floor vacant retail premises in a shopping strip that faces the street or a pedestrian mall within the Brisbane City Council Local Government Area that has been vacant for a minimum of six weeks (the Premises) - proof of ownership must be provided to Council upon request;
  4. not be in arrears to Council for any rates and charges in relation to the Premises;
  5. have entered into, and provide Council with a copy of, a licence agreement for the Premises granted in favour of a participating business (the Pop-up Tenant) to formalise the tenancy that includes at minimum the following terms: 
    1. the term of the agreement must be for a minimum of 60 days;
    2. the rent must be free;
    3. the tenant will be liable to pay utilities but not outgoings; and
    4. conditions that otherwise align with the intent of Council's Pop-up Shop Program;
  6. accept that before providing the grant, Council may undertake on-site visits at the Premises or other checks to ensure the licence agreement has commenced and that the Premises is being used by the Tenant;
  7. not be an employee or contracted staff of Council; and
  8. not have already received a property owner grant in the current financial year, i.e., a property owner is only eligible to receive one grant per financial year, regardless of the property address and if the property ownership changes, only one grant per financial year can be allocated to a specific property.

Assessment

The first 20 property owners who meet the eligibility criteria for making a grant application under these guidelines will be provided with a grant.

Funding

There are 20 x $4,000 property owner grants available.

Application process

Applications must only be submitted after registration for participation in the Program and following preliminary discussions with Council’s Economic Development team (as set out in item 1 under Eligibility).

Applications must be made using the online application form provided by Council’s Economic Development team.

Allocation and payment

Grants will be processed for payment to the first 20 eligible property owners subject to:

  1. the licence agreement with the tenant having commenced;
  2. Council being satisfied that the Premises is being used by the tenant; and
  3. the property owner entering into a Funding Agreement with Council.

Payment will be authorised by Council's Economic Development Manager.

Terms and conditions

  1. The property owner must comply with the terms and conditions of the Funding Agreement with Council, including any audit requirements.
  2. In applying for this grant, recipients agree that they will participate in marketing and promotional activities of Council in relation to the Program including, but not limited to, case studies, feedback, surveys and providing information about the benefits of participation following the conclusion of the Program.
  3. Participants in the Program agree that Council may contact them during and after the Program to inform them of similar programs, events or services which may be of interest.
  4. The property owner must undertake its own due diligence prior to entering into the licence agreement including, for example, obtaining legal advice.
  5. The property owner enters into the licence agreement entirely at its own risk.  Council makes no warranty that a Premises is suitable for any use.

Grants for tenants

Purpose

The purpose of the tenant grant is to support tenants participating in Council’s Pop-up Shop Program (the Program), with the cost of setting up a pop-up shop in a vacant commercial property.

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive the tenant grant, the tenant must:

  1. have registered for participation in the Program and entered into initial discussions with Council’s Economic Development team;
  2. fully and legibly complete all the details on the online application form;
  3. be a business such as a home business or online business looking to explore a physical tenancy;
  4. not be a business requiring a licence to operate in the premises;
  5. not currently have the use of existing retail premises for their business;
  6. have entered into, and provide Council with a copy of, a licence agreement for the Premises with a property owner to formalise the tenancy, including at minimum the following terms:
    1. the term of the agreement must be for a minimum of 60 days;
    2. the rent must be free;
    3. the tenant will be liable to pay utilities but not outgoings; and
    4. conditions that otherwise align with the intent of Council's Pop-up Shop Program;
  7. commit to utilising the premises for a minimum of 25 hours over a minimum of five out of seven days a week;
  8. not be an employee or contracted staff of Council; and
  9. not have already received a tenant grant in the Suburban Shopfront Activation Grant Pilot Program or the Pop-up Shop Grant Program.

Assessment

The recipients of the tenant grant will be the first 20 eligible tenants who successfully participate in Council’s Pop-up Shop Program.

Funding

There are 20 x $4,000 tenant grants available.

Application process

Applications must only be submitted after registration for participation in the Program and following preliminary discussions with Council’s Economic Development team (as set out in Item 1 under Eligibility).

Applications must be made using the online application form provided by Council’s Economic Development team.

Allocation and payment

The tenant grant will be processed for payment to the first 20 eligible Pop-up Tenants subject to the Pop-up Tenant entering into a Funding Agreement with Council.

Payment will be authorised by Council’s Economic Development Manager.

Terms and conditions

  1. The Pop-up Tenant must comply with the terms and conditions of the Funding Agreement with Council, including any audit requirements.
  2. In applying for this grant, recipients agree that they will participate in marketing and promotional activities of Council in relation to the Program including, but not limited to, case studies, feedback, surveys and providing information about the benefits of participation following the conclusion of the program.
  3. Participants in the Program agree that Council may contact them during and after the Program to inform them of similar programs, events or services which may be of interest.
  4. Tenants agree to display in their shopfront Program collateral (which will be provided by Council to the Pop-up Tenant) in the manner stipulated by Council including with regards to presentation, placement and prominence for the duration of the pop-up tenancy and for no other purpose or period.
  5. The Pop-up Tenant must provide dedicated social media posts on the business’ Facebook, Instagram or other social media pages acknowledging Council’s support of the pop-up tenancy.
  6. The Pop-up Tenant must undertake its own due diligence prior to entering into the licence agreement including, for example, obtaining legal advice.
  7. The Pop-up Tenant enters into the licence agreement entirely at its own risk.  Council makes no warranty that a Premises is suitable for any use.

Pop-up Shop Program disclaimer

Brisbane City Council provides no warranty regarding the suitability, accuracy, reliability, fitness for purpose, effectiveness, benefits of or outcomes from any content, products, information or materials provided through these webpages, forms and related documents in support of the Pop-up Shop Program Initiative. Participants use and rely upon the content, products, information and documents at their own risk.

While Brisbane City Council will use its best endeavours, no responsibility is accepted for the suitability or fitness for purpose of any introduction, matching or partnering of property owners with interested start-ups or businesses for the vacant spaces and no endorsement or validation is implied or offered by Council by reason of that introduction. Participants must satisfy themselves through their own checks, enquiries and /or inspections in that regard.

Brisbane City Council provides no representation, warranty or guarantee as to any outcome, benefit or advantage, tangible or intangible, arising from or in relation to any opportunity or introduction offered, accepted or declined by a participant in the Initiative, and Brisbane City Council accepts no liability for any loss, damage, debts, costs, or expenses incurred or attaching to a participant through its involvement with this Initiative.

Last updated: 13 October 2021