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Apply now for City of Sydney’s grant program to help reactivate the city

- November 11, 2020 2 MIN READ

The City of Sydney has announced a slew of grants aimed at breathing life back into the city. The activation and community grants programs will not only help foster creative projects in the heart of the city but will assist Sydney’s most vulnerable and at risk.

Grants available

Cultural sector innovation grants

The City has half a million up for grabs as part of the Cultural sector innovation grants with up to $20k on offer per project. The grant is open to sole traders, cultural and creative small-to-medium not-for-profit or for-profit organisations who employ less than 20 full-time employees and have a turnover of less than $10 million. Businesses need to either be in or provide service to the City of Sydney area.

Funding will support the development of innovative operating models, programs and collaborations.

Community services grant

The council has a total of $800,000 available for funding of social enterprises. With additional value-in-kind fee waivers for community venues (limited availability). Conditions and health requirements apply. Funds are available for not-for-profits, or auspiced individual or groups of individuals to provide food, digital assistance and programs to support vulnerable community groups, temporary visa holders, social housing residents or people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Applicants need to be located in the City of Sydney area. Projects from $5-$50,000 will be considered. Multiple organisations partnering to achieve a shared goal may be eligible for more funding.

CBD activation grant

The city has $3million dollars earmarked for activation alongside an additional value-in-kind fee waiver for street banners and landmark venues is also available. You can apply for between $5-50k. City centre-based businesses in arts, culture, entertainment, tourism and accommodation services are encouraged to apply

This activation grant is a joint effort between the council and the state government. It encourages collaborations between business and creatives to activate space in the public domain and vacant corporate space with live music and cultural programming to enliven the city centre, inspire visitors to safely return and help revitalise the economy.

Need help finding a collaborator?

The City of Sydney is working with Collabosaurus, a marketing tool that connects brands, businesses and creatives together to collaborate on opportunities like the  CBD activation grant. Follow the easy steps, watch the tutorial and upload your details to find a collaboration partner. Once you’ve found a collaboration partner you can apply for a grant together .

For more information you can catch  a briefing session Thursday 12 November, 12pm to 1.30pm and find out more about the grants on offer.

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