Banyule Council acknowledges that our businesses make a huge contribution to the vibrancy and energy of Banyule, and that a positive visitor experience is what every business aims to achieve.

Place Enhancement Grants have been developed to assist eligible businesses, landlords and owners corporations improve the look, feel and use of privately-owned, open spaces such as streetscapes, car parks and public realm areas through capital works projects. The objective of these grants is to improve the visitor experience which will encourage repeat visitation for longer periods adding to the vibrancy and viability of shopping precincts in Banyule.

Council welcomes proposals that aim to:

•   Address health and safety concerns
   Improve accessibility
   Improve amenity
   Add vibrancy to a space

Matched dollar for dollar funding of up to $20,000 will be awarded to successful applicants to complete their project.

Contact Us

All applicants MUST contact a member of the Economic Development team (pictured below) before submitting their application to discuss their grant proposal. The officer will ensure that the grant idea meets the criteria before you commit to writing your application.

Call us: phone 9433 7763.  If you’d prefer to email:

Grant Writing Workshop

Workshops designed to provide practical, useful and transferable information about how to approach grant writing will be held over the Zoom platform. You can register your attendance for the following session:

Monday 20 September 5pm to 7pm

To book:

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications Open: Monday 6 September 2021 (9am)

Information Session/Grant Writing Workshop: Monday 20 September 2021 (5pm-7pm)

Register at

Applications Close: Thursday 14 October 2021 (11:59pm)

Assessment Period: 15 October – 14 November 2021

Outcomes Announced: End of November 2021

Project Completion (Acquittal): 1 September 2022

Council will consider projects that enhance privately owned spaces that are in the public realm and have a clear public benefit. Examples of projects that Council will consider are:

  • Improvements to existing car parks e.g. resurfacing, drainage, roll over curb etc.
  • Improvements to pedestrian access ways.
  • Landscaping.
  • Construction/ improvements to retaining walls.
  • Feature walls (mural, garden walls etc.) and other building facade improvements
  • Establishment or improvement of street-facing outdoor dining areas , e.g. shade structures, resurfacing, crash barriers.
  • CCTV.
  • Plumbed access to water to install drinking taps.

Applications open 6 September at 09:00AM and close 11:59PM Thursday 14 October 2021.

If you have successfully acquitted a grant at Banyule Council, and you meet the eligibility criteria, you may apply for a Place Enhancement Grant

Applicants will be notified towards the end November 2021 via phone and via email.

The following applicants can apply

  1. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Banyule with a bricks and mortar presence in a major or minor activity centre, industrial estate or stand alone, with a valid ABN. SMEs are defined in the context of this grant as having between 1 to 199 employees.
  1. A landlord of a commercial/industrial property in Banyule that has a lease in place with a business defined in point 1.
  1. A collective group of SMEs as defined in point 1.

  2. Owners corporations in collaboration with, or on behalf of, SME’s or landlords or both as defined in points 1 – 3 above.

The following applicants cannot apply:

  • Applicants who have not contacted an Economic Development Officer to discuss their project idea before submitting their application.
  • An employee of Banyule Council.

  • An employee of Australian and local government agencies, political organisations and trader associations.
  • Not For Profit organisations (other than Body Corporations) including community groups and schools (please refer to Community Grants available on the Banyule Council website).
  • Unincorporated associations and branches.

  • Applicants subject to any legal impediment, including bankruptcy or liquidation.

  • Applicants that don’t agree to be listed as a business grant recipient on the Banyule Council and Banyule Business websites with the potential to be promoted on social media (prior approval will be sought).
  • Businesses that have an adverse effect on public health, safety, the environment or heritage.
  • Applicants that have not satisfactorily acquitted a previous grant or have existing funds owing to Banyule Council, such as rates.

All applicants MUST contact an Economic Development Officer before submitting their application to discuss their grant proposal.

To call us: phone 9433 7763

If you’d prefer to email:

The aims of the session are to:

  • Provide clarity on who can apply and what type of projects may be supported;
  • Provide practical, useful and transferable information about how to approach grant writing;
  • Encourage you to explore project ideas and clarify point of difference; and
  • Provide practical, useful and transferable information about building budgets for grant applications.

Workshops will be held over the Zoom platform. You can register your attendance for the following session:

Monday 20 September 5pm to 7pm

To book:

If you cannot attend the session and would like a copy of the recording, please get in touch with us at or on 9433 7763.

No, you don’t need to participate in a workshop to submit a grant application.

Applicants are required to include quotes or estimates for all intended purchases and services. Quotes/estimates can be written, scanned images from catalogues or on-line stores, or a screenshot from a website and should be attached in your online application. If your application is successful, you will be required to submit final quotes before the work commences. Quotes/estimates should be no more than 6 months old.

It will be assessed based on the following criteria


  • Demonstrated alignment with the objectives of the grant and demonstrated need (30%)
  • Clear project goals (20%)
  • Demonstrated planning that includes resourcing, timelines, budget and quotes (30%)
  • Local procurement (20%)

Table A on page 7 of the Guidelines provides further information on scoring.

Planning and building permits are separate approvals that must be sought from council and/or a building surveyor to undertake construction or changes to the use and development of land. Depending on the type of development, you may require one or both permits.

To learn more visit Banyule Council’s website page: Do I need a permit?

No. If you already have them, you can submit them however to apply for a Place Enhancement Grant, you are only required to submit concept designs. Should your application be successful, you will then need to obtain architectural or engineering designs or both when you apply for a permit to undertake building work.

To find out which activities require a Local Laws permit, please visit Banyule Council’s web page

or contact a member of our Economic Development Team on 9433 7763.

The permit approval process can vary depending on how complex the project is.

Some examples:

Simple Project

If you are proposing to install artwork to a building façade i.e. a mural, you may need an Occupy a Space Permit and this permit can take as little as five business days to be issued to you.

Complex Project

If your project involves the installation of a canopy that is fixed to an external wall, the permit process can take up to 3 months to approve as it requires sign off from several departments.

Note that the above time estimates are subject to the following:

  • How organized you are in submitting all the required information from the outset
  • Any unforeseen complexities

When you contact us to discuss your project idea, we will inform you what permits you will need and provide you with links so that you can access permit fees and processes. Depending on the complexity of your proposed project, we may also refer you to discuss your idea with a member of the Planning, Building or Local Laws teams.

Local Law and Planning Permit fees are costs that can be funded by this grant. Building Permit fees are costs not covered by this grant.

Please contact a member of the Economic Development Team on 9433 7763 who will assist you in determining required permits and fees.

We will contact all applicants at the end of November 2021 with an outcome. We will contact you over the phone and via email.

Support and Assistance

Banyule City Council is committed to our grants process being open and accessible to everyone.  

Businesses are encouraged to contact a Council Officer to discuss any specific needs or additional support that may be required to complete and submit a grant application. Email and an Officer will call you.

For a hard copy of the Guidelines or Smart Grants Application or large print copies, contact 

For an Auslan interpreter should you need to discuss these Guidelines contact 

For assisstance if you are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired contact us through the National Relay Service on 133 677. 

For translation services please contact TIS National on 131 450 and ask to be connected to Banyule City Council on 9490 4222.

For technical support refer to the Help Guide or contact the SmartyGrants support desk 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday on 03 9320 6888 or by email

Top 4 Tips to a Great Application

Unfortunately, we are not able to fund all grant applications and as such the highest scoring applications will receive full or partial funding. To give yourself the best possible chance of success:

1.       Start the application process as early possible and give yourself sufficient time to collate the required information and write a compelling application. Double check that you have provided all of the required documentation before submitting your application.

2.       Attend the free grant writing workshop. If you are unable to obtain a ticket or cannot make the session email for a copy of the recorded session.

3.       Include some analysis to demonstrate the need and potential impact of your project.

4.       Contact the Economic Development Team AFTER you have brainstormed your project idea and have a clear vision of what you would like co-funding for. If you prefer to email, please connect with us on