Shopfront Improvement Program 2022-2023

Published on 11 July 2022


Burwood Council’s Shopfront Improvement Program 2022/23 - Round 3 is now open. Applications close on Friday 31 March 2023 at 4pm. 

A total pool of funding of $50,000 is available for eligible projects in 2022/23.

This year, local businesses that front main streets within the Burwood Town Centre, Croydon Park Local Centre and The Strand, Croydon will be prioritised for funding however eligibility has opened to include businesses throughout the entire Burwood LGA for Round 2 & 3

What is the Shopfront Improvement Program?

Burwood Council provides funding to local businesses who want to improve the appearance of their shopfront. The Program assists Council to achieve strategic objectives outlined in the 'Community Strategic Plan Burwood2030', by supporting local economic development, improving community safety and enhancing the overall appearance of the local area.

Applicants can apply for a maximum of $3,000 (inclusive of GST) for eligible projects. Funding for approved projects is paid directly to the applicant upon completion of the approved works.  

Eligible Locations

The Shopfront Improvement Program will be delivered in a staged approach over a three (3) year period in accordance with the ‘eligible locations’ outlined in the table below.




Burwood Town Centre (ongoing)

Enfield Local Centre (Year 1)


Burwood Town Centre (ongoing)

The Strand, Croydon and Croydon Park Local Centres (Year 2)


Burwood Town Centre (ongoing)

Strathfield Town Centre (Year 3)

 How do I apply?

Local businesses wishing to apply for funding must complete the required application form and provide supporting documentation by the closing date. Please see the detailed policy requirements and application form below. Applicants may be required to obtain additional approvals or meet additional requirements depending on the nature of the works proposed. 

Application Form

Shopfront Improvement Program Policy 2021-2024(PDF, 528KB)

Applicants are also encouraged to view Council’s Shopfront Improvement Guide by clicking the below link for further guidance on requirements within the Burwood Development Control Plan. 

Burwood Shopfront Improvement Guide(PDF, 4MB)

What types of projects can be funded?

The types of projects that will be considered for funding under the Program include:

  • Façade improvements (e.g. the relocation of air conditioning units away from the street and graffiti removal).
  • New or improved signage, which is consistent with the Burwood Development Control Plan.
  • Exterior improvements that contribute to a building’s character and promote a coordinated look along the street.
  • Improvements to awnings and structures that increase pedestrian safety and shopfront security.

Council will not fund:

  • Works already commenced or completed at the time of application.
  • Works that require consent under a Development Application and where that consent has not yet been approved by Council or other Consent Authority.
  • Routine maintenance or interior work (e.g. carpet cleaning, cleaning of gutters).
  • Any work that would not improve the appearance, detail, fabric or finish of the premises.
  • Any work that is not in keeping with the general intent of Council’s development controls, plans or policies.
  • Any work that would preclude more worthy applications from being funded.   

Assessment and Approval Process

An Internal Assessment Panel of Council officers will assess applications and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by May 2023. Applications that contribute to the beautification of the Burwood Town Centre, Croydon Park Local Centre or The Strand, Croydon will be prioritised under the program in 2022/23. It is important to note that the submission of an application form does not guarantee approval and no work is to begin until a formal approval has been given. 

Online Application Form

To lodge an online application form, please complete the form below by Friday 31 March 2023 at 4pm

Please click here.

Applications can also be posted to:

Burwood Council

Po Box 240, BURWOOD NSW 1805

Further Details 

For more information and enquiries about the Shopfront Improvement Program 2022-2023, please contact Burwood Council on 9911 9911 or