After a successful first round in November 2021, council has opened the second round of Logan City Council’s Façade Improvement Program (FIP) with the aim to help local businesses turn renovation dreams into reality.

The funding initiative supports enterprising business owners, or tenants, seeking to boost their curb appeal and increase foot traffic.

In Round 2, businesses within and around Beenleigh, Logan Central, Meadowbrook and Springwood are eligible for funding support.

Council will also consider applications from businesses elsewhere in the city that support and contribute to its night-time economy.

Council’s recently endorsed Night Time Economy Strategy aims to provide more opportunities to enjoy a night out in the City of Logan by making it easier for businesses to attract and grow their after-hours clientele.

Economic Development Chair Councillor Jon Raven said Council was keen to see more of the city’s landmark and popular outlets dressed in their best.

“‘Dress for success’ is good advice for job seekers and for local businesses who want to project the best possible image to attract the customers they need,” Cr Raven said.

“This program is designed to support owners and operators from hospitality to health services and everything in between, who want to give their façade a facelift.”

Division 2 Councillor Teresa Lane said local businesses are the lifeblood of local communities.

“There is no shortage of creative, hardworking businesses that serve, supply and entertain our families every day,” Cr Lane said.

“It is important to back their efforts and to encourage more people to support the many reliable stores and service providers in their area.”

Logan City Tenpin, on Wembley Road in Logan Central, is now sporting a fresher external look after receiving funding in Round 1 of FIP.

Managing Director Bruce Morris said the program was the incentive the business needed to brighten up the alley, with customers already commenting on new colours.

“The place was looking a little bit tired and some of the signage was 20 years old so we thought it was a good opportunity,” Mr Morris said.

“You’ve got to keep on top of everything, we spend a lot of money inside the place, but probably not a lot on the outside and so it gave us the push along to do that.”

Council has increased the maximum amount of funding available through the FIP from $5000 to $10,000 per business. Council will provide $2 for every $1 spent by successful applicants towards their project cost.

More information on the program is available at Facade Improvement Program – Logan City Council.

Applications close on Friday, April 7.

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