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CBD Activation Matching Grant: Online briefing

See event description for details on how to connect.

Thursday 13 August 2020 from 12pm to 1pm

You are invited to an online briefing session to discuss the current round of City of Sydney grants available to support the activation of Sydney CBD and Haymarket area.

The Sydney CBD has been particularly hard hit by COVID-19 regulations enforcing social distancing. Businesses located in the CBD have lost the patronage of thousands of workers, as well as the many tourists that normally visit throughout the year. Creative and cultural practitioners and enterprises have also been greatly affected by the pandemic.

The new CBD Activation Matching Grant is to encourage collaborative initiatives between businesses and creatives.

At this briefing, you will also learn about other grants that might be relevant for your business.

 Who is this briefing session for

  • Artists and creatives with performance/activation ideas

  • CBD and Haymarket based businesses with space to activate (indoors and outdoors)

Event program

  • Idea pitches from artists and creative producers looking for a venue/space

  • Pitches from venue owners looking for activation ideas for their space

  • Presentations on

    • Night-time Diversification Grant information

    • Live Music and Performance Grant information

    • CBD Activation Matching grant information

  • Examples of successful past initiatives

  • Breakout sessions with planners to brainstorm ideas on what’s possible, and for small businesses to connect with creatives.

  • Q&A session

Event registration

Please register to attend.

When you register you will be asked if you would like to submit a ‘pitch’ document, which can be shown at the event or passed onto others who wish to find a partner to work with for the activation. Please note it is not essential to submit a 'pitch' in order to attend the briefing.

If you would like to produce a 'pitch', it can be submitted preferably in video format no more than 60 seconds in length. In the ‘pitch’ please provide details of who you are, what type of activation you are interested in and who you wish to collaborate with. 

About the CBD Activation Matching Grant

The CBD Activation Matching Grant is matched grant funding up to $10,000 for CBD/Haymarket businesses and creative and cultural practitioners to activate shopfronts or nearby spaces to encourage visitors to return safely to the CBD.

About the Night-time Diversification Grant

This provides matched grant funding up to $10,000 for 1 or 2 years for programming at night (6pm to 6am) to encourage increased variety of offerings in commercial precincts.

About the Live Music and Performance Grant

This provides matched funding up to $20,000 for capital improvements to premises associated with live music and performance and cultural production and participation.

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City of Sydney


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