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Economic Stimulus Framework – Rise Up Central Highlands

Rise Up Central Highlands is part of Central Highland Regional Council’s Economic Stimulus Framework. It is designed to provide financial support to commercial property owners to undertake high-quality improvements to enhance the visual appearance and function of their building. The goal is to increase street appeal, attract and increase in patronage and commercial occupancy within the town and stimulate the economy in the region. This program includes 3 grant streams and 1 rebate program designed to reinvigorate all of our urban centres across the region.

This program is part of our overall strategy to stimulate investment in the Central Highlands Regional Council area.

Available grant streams:

  • Heritage upgrade – for restoration projects on buildings with historical significance (up to $10,000)
  • Façade upgrade – for streetside visual improvements (up to $2,000)
  • Placemaking – for creating spaces where people can gather (up to $1,000)

Available rebate:

  • Fees and charges rebate

To determine your eligibility and apply for a grant or rebate: 

  1. Download the Economic Stimulus Framework policy and assess your project/business against listed the criteria.
  2. Review the below booklet or download it here. 
  3. Apply via Smartygrants platform here
    Note: If applying for a development application fees or charges rebate (Stream 4) – click “Rise Up – Round 3”. If applying for a heritage, façade or placemaking grant (Streams 1 to 3) – click “Rise Up – Round 4”.

Other helpful resources:

Rise Up CH information booklet

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