Applications open for City of Sydney’s after-dark program grants

- August 19, 2020 3 MIN READ

The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for Sydney’s night-time businesses. These follow the difficulties many bars, restaurants and live music venues were facing before the lockout laws lifted in January.

In an effort to support restaurants, bars and other venues, City of Sydney has opened up applications to assist the neighbourhood’s businesses to open up their business for the night-time economy.

The grants help support businesses such as shops and live music and performance venues to diversify or expand their programming and upgrade their equipment.

The grants are in addition to the city’s other Covid-19 relief measures and they’re part of a long-term investment in Sydney’s night-time economy.

Learn more about the 3 grants on offer for live music and performance, night-time diversification and city centre activation.

Dulcie's Bar received support for new entertainment equipment
Dulcie’s Bar received support for new entertainment equipment

Live music and performance grants

These grants help businesses to upgrade their venues and equipment, improve acoustics and minimise noise to surrounding properties, and introduce live entertainment.

The last round of live music and performance grants were given to help upgrade venues.

These include:

  • The New Theatre, Newtown: Funding for a replacement roof
  • Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst: Upgraded stage
  • Venue 505, Newtown: Roof and acoustic upgrade
  • Dulcie’s Entertainment, Potts Point: Seating, stage, audio and lighting upgrades
  • Golden Age Cinema and Bar, Surry Hills: Support to buy DJ equipment
  • Yulli’s Brews, Alexandria: Purchase of a sound desk
  • Giant Dwarf Theatre, Surry Hills: Technical equipment upgrades
  • MoshPit, Erskineville: New backline equipment

The latest grant is for activities from January to December 2021.

Find out more about live music and performance grants.

Grand Days in Woolloomoolooo has received a night time diversification grant to run events after dark
Grand Days in Woolloomoolooo has received a night time diversification grant to run events after dark

Night time diversification grants

These grants help businesses offer something different after dark.

Past recipients found that running creative events after hours brings in new customers. Having businesses trading later also helps to create safe and engaging night-time precincts.

The last round of night-time diversification grants supported evening events across the city, from literary dinners, playwriting events and filmmaker storyteller sessions to dance and sewing workshops.

Participants also enjoyed tea appreciation events and fermentation classes where they learnt to make breads, beers and wine, pickles and meat.

This grant is for activities from January to December 2021.

Find out more about night-time diversification grants.

CBD activation matching grant

The Sydney city centre has been particularly hard hit by Covid-19 regulations on social distancing. Businesses in the city have lost the patronage of thousands of workers, as well as the many tourists that normally visit throughout the year. And creative and cultural practitioners and enterprises have been greatly affected.

This grant matches your funding of up to $10,000 for businesses and creative and cultural practitioners for businesses in the city centre and Haymarket area.

It’s designed to help activate shopfronts or nearby spaces and encourage visitors to return safely to the city centre.

Find out more about the CBD activation matching grant.

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