Main Street Building Funds

The Main Street Fund helps building owners or tenants in central New Plymouth to improve the frontage and/or signage of the building. It is designed to enhance the vibrancy and character of city centre to make it more attractive to shoppers and to potential tenants.

The fund distributes up to $50,000 per year. The next funding round opens on August 23 and closes on November 26, 2021.

For more information, email the City Centre (CBD) Facilitator on enquiries@npdc.govt.nz or call 06-759 6060.

Building frontages with the text, how does your frontage line up?
Grants are available for well-designed improvements that can help maintain a building. They can help pay for:

Painting: 
Colours must be in keeping with the era of the building and approved by NPDC.
Street art on buildings will be considered if a mock-up design is provided.
Signage must be in keeping with the building design and approved by NPDC.

Repair: 
Restoration of architectural details and masonry work.
Fire escapes, awnings/canopies and shutters.
Verandas, outside stairs, cleaning of the walls and roof.
Removal of unsightly features that do not fit the style of the building
Installation of decorative lighting, verandas and appropriate architectural features.

Eligibility
The building must be located in the New Plymouth city centre.
The owner/occupier should contribute at least one third of the total project cost. 
At least two quotes must be provided.
Priority will be given to applicants who have not had grants from this fund before.
We will also consider the attributes of the building, its location, occupancy and the urgency of the work. 

Limitations

Owners of heritage buildings must first seek funding from the Built Heritage Fund.  It this is granted, they cannot apply to Façade Enhancement Fund.
Funding will not be given to work that is underway and/or finished. 
Only one application per building, per year will be considered.  
The work must be completed satisfactorily, an evidence report completed and signed off by an NPDC officer and all GST invoices provided before full and final payment is made. 
The funding must be used within 12 months of approval.

Funding requirements
Applications can be made in the link below.
Applications from tenants must have written approval and support from the building owner.
Applications can be received at any time.
Decisions are usually made in 4 to 6 weeks after receiving the application.  

Completion of work.
Once the work is finished a report must be provided documenting receipts of services and/or goods, and photographic evidence of the work completed.  Any unspent funds must be returned to NPDC.