Readers might not judge a book by its cover but customers certainly judge a business by its shop front.
If your Business Façade is looking a little worse for wear – perhaps the paint is flaking, plaster is falling off, or you have no signage – you may be missing out on customers.
To help turn things around we can provide eligible businesses with a grant of up to $1500 through our Building Façade Programme.
You can check the criteria you need to fulfil in order to qualify for a grant.
Inspiration and a funding injection
We have a limited number of $1500 grants available to Porirua City businesses to put towards painting, plastering, and signage. We also offer a $500 grant for design as part of this process.
How can I get a grant?
If you are a business with fewer than 25 employees, based on a ground floor commercial property in Porirua City’s centre (Cobham Court, Hartham Place North, Hartham Place South, Serlby Place, Lydney Place South, Kilkerran Place or Hagley Street), you may be eligible to apply for a grant.
It’s an easy process – simply apply online including details of what needs to be done. Our Building Façade Design Review Panel will then review the application and set up a meeting with you to discuss your proposal further.
We have had such a great response to the Building Façade programme that grants for 2018/19 have already been finalised.
The process for 2019/20 grant applications will open on July 1
The Building Facade Design Review Panel will assess applications by the end of September 2019 and notify applicants.
What can I use the grant for?
The grant covers signage, plastering and painting of storefronts. If business owners require more significant works such as improvements to windows, doors, or lighting they will need to organise these works independently and provide a quote to Council from an approved contractor. Once the work is completed, the applicant will be provided with the grant funding or provide it directly to the contractor.
If your grant is approved you’ll then have six months to complete the improvements. The Business Façade Design Review Panel will work with you to select the best contractor for the job – this is to ensure the highest quality outcome for your business (and Porirua City).