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Media Release

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18 January 2021

Parramatta to boost night-time economy with new grants program

Sydney’s Central River City has taken the next step towards becoming a thriving 24-hour destination with City of Parramatta Council launching a grant program to increase its night-time offerings and help lead the City’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

Launched today, the Night Time Economy Activation Grants aim to encourage local businesses, groups, and individuals to develop and trial new and interesting products and concepts to boost the night-time sector in the CBD and surrounding areas.

“As Parramatta continues to grow and transform, it is crucial we also expand our night-time economy and move towards becoming a 24-hour city,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.

“Our $1.1 billion night-time economy, the third largest in NSW, has taken a severe blow as a result of the pandemic. Through these grants, we are supporting our local business community while bringing a host of new night-time offerings to our residents and visitors.”

Projects that may be considered for grant funding include creative performances, trials of longer trading hours or new experiences, and pop-up events. They must adhere to public health orders and COVID restrictions.

“We’d like to see a greater mix of night-time offerings in Parramatta to entice more people to come and enjoy our rich and vibrant City,” Cr Dwyer said.

“This program is a fantastic opportunity for our community to contribute to the growth and development of our night-time economy. I encourage any interested local businesses, groups and individuals to apply.”

Grants of up to $10,000 are available per application, with a total funding pool of $50,000. 

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 22 February 2021.
 

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