Comics, art, design and wine among City Grants winners

Released 05/07/2018

A lane-way wine festival, regular lunch-time Zumba classes, and a repurposed iconic ACTION bus used as a mobile art gallery are some of the projects funded through the latest round of City Grants.

The second round of City Grants for 2018 has allocated $200,000 in funding for 11 projects taking place in the next six months.

Eight projects received Tier 1 funding of $5,000 or less while three major projects received Tier 2 funding ranging from $20,000 to $80,000.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said this round of grants funded through the City Centre Marketing and Improvement Levy would complement the authority’s broader activation program to increase activity and creativity within the city centre.

“We have selected a diverse range of events and activities that will make the city centre a bit more fun, colourful and entertaining,” Mr Snow said.

“We want to give locals and visitors new reasons to come out to the city centre and discover all it has to offer. With 11 different funded projects there should be something for everyone to experience.”

Tier 2 funding was awarded for a Canberra District Wines laneway event ($20,639), an expanded presence in the city centre by the Design Canberra Festival ($59,368) and three separate three-week art exhibitions that use an iconic ACTION bus as a mobile gallery space ($80,000).

Projects receiving funding for $5,000 or less include an Impact Comics festival, a dance and music residency in Garema Place and City Walk, free one-hour Zumba classes twice a week for three months and a series of art works for a Melbourne Building walkway.

“The city centre is the natural home for festivals and exhibitions and these fantastic City Grant winning proposals will help add to the excitement and vibrancy of our city heart,” Mr Snow said.

Another round of City Grants will open in September for activities taking place in 2019.

For more information on this round of City Grants winners visit

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