Beresfield and Carrington businesses will have access to a share of $60,000 to give their premises a makeover as part of Newcastle City Council’s facade improvement scheme.
Grants up to $4000 are available to property and business owners for upgrades that directly improve the impression of a building or shop front.
Projects could include painting a store front, repairing damaged facades and awnings, removing paint, posters or other coverings from doors and windows, adding new doors or windows, installing under-awning lighting and painting murals or decorating hoardings to make vacant shop fronts more attractive.
"Our local centres are the heart of our community and we want to make sure these are vibrant places to live, work and play," lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
"We are overhauling the streets and footpaths, planting trees and gardens and installing new street furniture. Now we want the business community to think about their shop fronts and implement quick, low-cost projects that are really going to boost the commercial appeal of our local centres.
"Sometimes just a little bit of paint is all a business needs to freshen its look, and when several businesses follow suit it creates a trendy vibe that draws customers to the whole area."
Applicants must be able to contribute one third of the cost of the project, with council adding two thirds, up to $4000.
The grants are also open to residential properties that impact the presentation of the town centres at Beresfield and Carrington.
Applications are open until 5pm, October 2, 2018. Application forms and more information about the scheme is available on council's website.