Suburban Shopfront Activation Grant

The Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program is designed to incentivise property owners and emerging businesses who have progressed into an occupancy agreement. This follows participation in the registration and matching process of the Suburban Shopfront Activation program.  

Applications will be accepted when eligible. However, assessment and payment of the Suburban Shopfront Activation Grant will commence in April 2020.

Review the Suburban Shopfront Activation disclaimer before considering registering your interest.

The Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program 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 suburban shops by emerging businesses.

Eligibility

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

  1. have registered for participation in the Suburban Shopfront Activation program and entered into initial discussions with Council’s Small Business Liaison Officers;
  2. fully and legibly complete all the details on the online application form provided by Council’s Economic Development team;
  3. own a vacant commercial premises in a suburban shopping strip (all suburbs within the Brisbane City Council Local Government Area are eligible with the exception of the Brisbane Central Business District). 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 commercial property;
  5. have entered into (and provide Council with a copy of) a pop-up occupancy licence agreement for the commercial tenancy to be used by a participating business, with the term being for a minimum of 30 days on conditions that align with the intent of Council’s Suburban Shopfront Activation program;
  6. acknowledge that before providing the grant, Council may undertake on-site visits at the premises or other checks to ensure the agreement has commenced and the premises is in use by the pop-up tenant;
  7. agree that Council may contact them during and after the Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program to seek information or comments about the Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program or to inform them of similar programs, events or services which may be of interest;
  8. not be an employee or contracted staff of Council; and
  9. not have already received a property owner grant in relation to the Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program.

Assessment

Recipients of the property owner grant will be the first 12 eligible property owners who successfully participate in Council’s Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program.

Conditional prerequisites:

  • Participants interested in finding a temporary tenant will be able to register their interest via Council’s website.
  • Council will then assist those property owners by providing a list of suitable registered tenants.
  • It is the responsibility of the tenancy owner and the temporary tenant to seek relevant professional and legal advice, enter into a pop-up occupancy licence agreement and address any other legal or insurance obligations.

The property owner must provide to Council a signed pop-up occupancy licence agreement between the property owner and the temporary tenant for the commercial tenancy, with the term for a minimum of 30 days on conditions that align with the intent of Council’s Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program.

Funding

There are 12 x $2,000 property owner grants available.

Application process

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

Applications can only be submitted following registration for participation in the Suburban Shopfront Activation program and following preliminary discussions with Council’s Economic Development team (as set out in the assessment section above).

Allocation and payment

The property owner grant will be processed for payment to the first 12 eligible property owners after the pop-up occupancy licence agreement has commenced and the commercial premises is in use by the temporary tenant. Payment will be authorised by Council’s Economic Development Manager.

Terms and conditions

If Council approves a property owner grant, the property owner will be required to enter into a Funding Agreement with Council and will be required to comply with those terms and conditions, including any Council audit requirements.

By applying for this grant, recipients of the property owner grant agree that they will participate in marketing and promotional activities of Council in relation to the program. This may include but is not limited to case studies, feedback, surveys and providing information about the benefits of participation following the conclusion of the program.

Grants for tenants

Purpose

The purpose of the tenant grant is to support tenants participating in Council’s Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot 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 Suburban Shopfront Activation program and entered into initial discussions with Council’s Small Business Liaison Officers;
  2. fully and legibly complete all the details on the online application form provided by Council’s Economic Development team;
  3. be a business such as a start-up social enterprise, start-up not-for-profit organisation, start-up creative entrepreneur or home business looking to explore a physical tenancy;
  4. not be a food and beverage business requiring a food business licence;
  5. not currently have the use of existing commercial premises for their start-up business;
  6. have entered into (and provide Council with a copy of) a pop-up occupancy licence agreement with a property owner as result of its registration of interest in Council’s Suburban Shopfront Activation program, with the term being for a minimum of 30 days on conditions that align with the intent of Council’s Suburban Shopfront Activation program;
  7. agree that Council may contact them during and after the Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program to seek information or comments about the Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program or to inform them of similar programs, events or services which may be of interest;
  8. agree to display Council’s Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program collateral (provided by Council to the tenant) in the shopfront, as directed by Council, including conditions as to its presentation, placement and prominence for the duration of the pop-up occupancy and for no other purpose or period;
  9. not be an employee or contracted staff of Council; and
  10. not have already received a tenant grant in relation to the Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program.

Assessment

The recipients of the tenant grant will be the first 12 eligible tenants who successfully participate in Council’s Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program.

Conditional prerequisites:

  • Participants interested in finding either a temporary commercial premises or a temporary space will be able to register their interest via Council’s website.
  • Council will then assist those participants by providing a list of suitable registered property owners.
  • It is the responsibility of the property owner and the tenant to seek relevant professional and legal advice, enter into a pop-up occupancy licence agreement and address any other legal or insurance obligations.

The tenant must provide to Council a signed pop-up occupancy licence agreement with a property owner for the commercial premises, with the term for a minimum of 30 days on conditions that align with the intent of Council’s Suburban Shopfront Activation grant pilot program.

Funding

There are 12 x $2,000 tenant grants available.

Application process

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

Applications can only be submitted following registration for participation in the Suburban Shopfront Activation program and following preliminary discussions with Council’s Economic Development team (as set out in the assessment section above).

Allocation and payment

The tenant grant will be processed for payment directly once eligibility of the prospective tenant is confirmed and will be authorised by Council’s Economic Development Manager.

Terms and conditions

If Council approves a tenant grant, the tenant will be required to enter into a Funding Agreement with Council and will be required to comply with those terms and conditions including any Council audit requirements.

By applying for this grant, recipients of the tenant grant agree that they will participate in marketing and promotional activities of Council in relation to the program. This may include but is not limited to case studies, feedback, surveys and providing information about the benefits of participation following the conclusion of the program.

Suburban Shopfront Activation 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 Suburban Shopfront Activation Initiative. Participants use and rely upon the content, products, information and documents at their own risk.

Whilst 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, 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:5 February 2020