Applications open for another $200,000 in City Grants

Released 18/09/2018

Changes to the City Grants program have made it even easier to help make the city centre a more enjoyable place.

Applications for City Grants of up to $80,000 are now available for innovative, creative and artistic projects, events and activities that will make the city more fun, attractive and sustainable.

Another $200,000 is available in this round and the limit for Tier 1 grants has risen to $10,000 (up from $5,000).

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the increased Tier 1 grants were a great opportunity for people to turn their great ideas for the city centre into reality.

“Our previous grants rounds have resulted in some excellent projects that have helped bring fun and colour into the city centre and Braddon,” Mr Snow said.

“Tier 1 grants are designed to be easier to access, so increasing that limit to $10,000 really increases the sorts of things people can apply for. Tier 2 grants of up to $80,000 are also available but given the level of funding require a much more detailed proposal.

“We look forward to seeing creative, artistic ideas for how we can make our public spaces in the city centre and Braddon more exciting and enjoyable places.

“Grants can be used for events, activities, art installations, or just about any proposal that makes the central area of Canberra a better place for people.”

Grant applications close at 3pm on 23 October. Successful grants projects will need to take place between 1 January 2019 and 30 June 2019.

Previous grant winners have included public events and activities like the Hurly Burley Winter Fair and Poets for Breakfast, art installations like Treeology, the Loaded Laneway music festival, and temporary place making installations like the Lonsdale Street pop-up Parklet and the Create-a-place X 3 seating areas in Bunda, Genge and Lonsdale streets.

Other successful activities from the second round of 2018 grants will be taking place between now and Christmas, including the ANCA Art Bus from early October, the Impact Comics Festival in Garema Place on 13 October, and the Design Canberra Festival will hold activities in the city centre from 19-25 November.

Free Zumba classes in Garema Place are continuing every Tuesday and Thursday until 29 November.

City Grants are funded through the City Centre Marketing and Improvement Levy, a fee paid by property owners in the city centre.

For more information or to apply for a City Grant visit

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