Local Centre Facade Improvement Scheme
After we finish our upgrades of Local Centres we offer grants to business and property owners in these areas to help fund repairs and improvements to their building facades, to create active frontages and to enhance our city's presentation.
This scheme is part of City of Newcastle's annual Community Grant rollout. Applications for all grant streams open annually in May, with applications via the SmartyGrants platform. Each year the Local Centre Facade Improvement Scheme grant will be available in selected local centres. Businesses and property owners in eligible centres will be advised in advance of the grants opening for applications.
For more information on CN's Community Grants visit our Grants page.
Shortland and Stockton Local Centres – 2022 program
In May 2022, Shortland Local Centre and Mitchell Street, Stockton Local Centre areas were offered funding to improve their building facades, to coincide with the completion of Local Centre infrastructure upgrades.
Between $1,000 and $5,000 is being offered to each successful application on a 2:1 ratio grant, with one third of the costs matched by the applicant. The majority of the applications are for repair and painting projects.
Joslin Street Kotara and Llewellyn Street Merewether – 2021 program
In 2021 we offered funding to improve the facades of privately owned buildings in Joslin Street Kotara Local Centre and Llewellyn Street Merewether Local Centre, following the completion of Local Centre infrastructure upgrades.
Up to $5,000 was offered for each successful application on a 2:1 ratio grant, with one third of costs matched by the applicant. The majority of funding was for repair and painting projects. We funded 2 projects in Merewether.
Beresfield and Carrington - 2019 program
In 2019 we offered funding to improve the facades of privately owned buildings in Carrington Local Centre and Beresfield Local Centre areas.
Up to $4,000 was offered for each successful application on a 2:1 ratio grant, with one third of costs matched by the applicant. The majority of funding was offered for painting projects, but other projects included cleaning and replacing timber, façade repairs, and one new awning. We funded seven grant projects in Beresfield, and six in Carrington.
Before and after photos of some of the projects