Cultural, community, business and environment grants open for 2021

Apply to reboot your business, support the green economy and revitalise our city spaces.

If you have a great idea that would benefit local communities but need a kick-start to get it off the ground, our grants and sponsorships program may be able to help.

These grants are for activities from January to December 2021. Here’s a breakdown of what’s on offer.

Business support grant – night time diversification

These grants can help you engage your customers with new and exciting night-time experiences. They support everything from meet the maker events, cooking classes, product and fashion shows to live performances, poetry slams and film screenings.

Large or small, established or new, retail store or café, if you operate a business in our area, you can apply for funding to program activities in your business at night.

How much can you apply for: Up to $10,000

Who can apply: For-profits, not-for-profits and sole traders

Applicants must match the funding requested with a cash contribution equal to or greater than the funds requested.

Business support – live music and performance (capital and equipment)

Large or small, established or new, small bar or retail store, if you operate a business in our area, you can apply for funding to upgrade your facilities. This can be to help you host live music, cabaret, comedy or theatre performances or to make space for artists and creative production.

You might want to build a stage to host live experiences to help renew your business, fit out a spare room for rehearsal or recording, or provide a studio space for local creatives. This capital works funding could help. Or if you’re an existing venue, it could go towards an equipment upgrade.

How much can you apply for: Up to $20,000

Who can apply: Any business or individual with a business open to the public with space that can be used for performance or creative production.

Applicants must match the funding requested with a cash contribution equal to or greater than the funds requested.

Festival and events – artform

Apply for support to run a festival or event that connects diverse audiences to local culture. Or get support for a creative idea to enliven public spaces, businesses or local neighbourhoods.

How much can you apply for: For multi-year applications, or those over $20,000, call our cultural projects coordinator on 02 9265 9769.

Who can apply: For-profits (must match funding with cash contributions equal to or greater than the amount requested), not-for-profits and auspice required for sole traders, individuals and unincorporated community groups.

Festival and events – village and community

These grants are for projects that support businesses and bring economic benefits to an area, showcase the cultural heritage of a suburb, or encourage connection to place and space. They’re designed to bring local community member and visitors to local business precincts in our area. From events to community festivals, you can apply for funding now.

How much can you apply for: New village and community festivals and events can apply for up to $30,000. Funding for established or other festivals and events are negotiated on consultation.

Who can apply: Not-for-profits and auspice required for individuals and unincorporated community groups.

Environmental performance, innovation grants

These grants can help you test a new technology or process that can benefit the green and circular economy and isn’t already being used locally. We may be able to help you bring your practical ideas to life.

How much can you apply for: Feasibility studies up to $20,000 (25% matched funding). Demonstration projects up to $80,000 (50% matched funding).

Who can apply: Not-for-profit, for-profit, owners corporation (strata or company title)

Matching grants, general

These grants support initiatives to improve and celebrate your neighbourhood or help communities recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Get your idea off the ground.

How much can you apply for: Up to $10,000 in cash and in-kind in total

Who can apply: Not for profit, for profit, sole traders, individuals (auspice required), unincorporated community groups, owners corporation (strata or company title)

All applicants must match the total value of the funding requested. The applicants matched value can be measured as value in-kind and cash contributions to the project.

CBD activation matching grant

Poject timeline 1 December 2020 to1 December 2021.

This activation grant encourages partnerships between Sydney city centre (including Haymarket) businesses with a shopfront or nearby space with artists or creative operators. It supports activations with artists, performers and creative enterprises to inspire visitors to safely return and help revitalise the economy.

An online briefing session will take place on 13 August.

How much can you apply for: $10,000

Who can apply: For-profit, Not-for-profit, sole traders, social enterprises, city centre-based businesses from the arts and culture, entertainment, tourism and accommodation, retail and hospitality sectors, and cultural operators in our area.

Need support with your application or have a question?

Join us for a Q&A session on 11 or 19 August or call our grants team today on 02 9265 9333.

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