Business Improvement Grant / BIG Ideas Program


Applications for Round 2 of the BIG Ideas Program are now CLOSED.


  • Find out about our Round 2 successful applicants and their projects in the media release here.
  • Find out about the re-launch of BIG Ideas for Round 2 of funding in the media release here.


About the program

The Business Improvement Grant (BIG Ideas) Program has been established in order to assist with economic development opportunities and investment in businesses in the Gilgandra Region. Funding will be provided to property owners and authorised tenants for infrastructure or initiatives that support the improvement of local businesses.

The BIG Ideas Program has the following objectives:

  1. Business growth To support the growth of business in the Gilgandra Region by encouraging new investment, and greater employment opportunities.
  2. Sustainable economy To encourage business innovation and enhance the diversity of the Gilgandra Region’s retail mix.
  3. Premise and precinct activation To support private sector initiatives that complement Council’s and the Gilgandra Region’s activation and revitalisation projects, including Gilgandra’s Activation Blueprint.
  4. Investment promotion To promote the Gilgandra Region as an attractive place to work, live and invest.

Grants will be considered in one competitive funding round, for business improvement projects or initiatives.

The total pool of funding available for 2023/24 is $50,000.

There are two funding categories:

Stream 1: Up to $5,000 (ex GST) - Non-matched funding.

Stream 2: Up to $10,000 (ex GST) - Matched funding ($ for $).

Terms & Conditions

Please download and review the attached Terms & Conditions(PDF, 628KB) to find out more about the program. 

Please note, all projects must be completed and acquitted by 30 June 2025.

Round 1 Winners (2021)

Successful Business Project 
 Royal Hotel

 Exterior painting and beer garden expansion


 Gil News & Gifts and Kildari Fashion

 Interior update, facade paint and exterior signage


 This N That Gilgandra

 Interior update and change rooms


 Johnsons Family Store 

 Facade and signage refresh 

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 The Next Grind  Signage and fixed equipment
 Gilgandra Pharmacy

 Clinic vaccination room 



 Facade activation; exterior signs, pathway and fence


 Gilgandra Veterinary Clinic

 Equine facility


 MH Thomas & Gilgandra Real Estate

 Facade activation; exterior painting

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 Robert Moore C/- MH Thomas  Facade activation; exterior painting
 The Openway Bookshop  Facade activation; exterior painting 
 GK & LH Rohr

 Rejuvenate facade and signage


 The Shed

 Facade improvement, river frontage activation


 Central Stores  Landscape gardening
 Akropolis Motel & Barneys Caravan Park 

 Entrance signage and upgrades

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 Heartland Church / Christian Outreach Centre 

 Facade improvement; upgrade awning and external paint

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Round 2 Winners (2023)

Successful Business Project
 CWME  New offices
 Gil News & Gifts   Outside awning
 The Shed - Gilgandra   The Shed outside facade completion 
 This N That  Security cameras and shelving
 Thompson's Flooring Centre   Project Pigeon
 Gilgandra Pharmacy  Light and Bright
 The Meating Place  Awning signage
 Gilgandra Licensed Post Office   Portico restoration
 The Rustic Burrow Trading Co  Security and shelving
 The Keystone Cafe  Front facade upgrade