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Night Time Economy Diversification Grants Scheme


The Night Time Economy Diversification Grant Scheme aims to support the growth of the City’s night time econo­my and to diversify the City’s current night time offering to encompass more than the traditional industries of food and beverage service and retailing, as well as entertain­ment. Council wants to incentivise businesses and community groups to provide unique night-time experiences.

Grant categories

There are five categories of grants that make up the Night Time Economy Diversification Grants Scheme. In 2019/2020, each category has an available funding pool of $10,000.

These grants include:

Grant Category Types of projects that could be funded
Grant 1 - Live music
  • Capital improvements to support live music performances
  • Acoustic reports or studies
  • Seed funding for musicians
Grant 2 - Small and pop-up bars
  • Development application or licensing costs
  • Marketing and promotion
Grant 3 - Arts, culture and performance
  • Seed funding for performers, materials etc
  • Space hire
  • Development application costs
Grant 4 - Retail and services
  • Staff costs associated with extended trading hours
  • Additional services or offerings in a retail environment
  • Development application costs
Grant 5 - Local centres
  • Any project that meets that criteria of grants 1 through 4, but is outside of
    Parramatta CBD

Further details of projects eligible for grant funding can be found in the Grant Guidelines. Please read the Guidelines carefully prior to beginning your application. 

There is also a document with answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Grant information sessions

Session 1

Date: 7 November 2019
Time: 10am – 11am
Location: UNE Sydney
                Level 1, 232 Church Street
                Parramatta NSW 2150
Register here

Session 2

Date: 7 November 2019
Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm
Location: UNE Sydney
                Level 1, 232 Church Street
                Parramatta NSW 2150
Register here

Registrations are essential as places are limited

Information for successful grant recipients

All organisations who receive funding grants from City of Parramatta are required to complete their projects within 12 months of funding.

How to apply

All applications for funding grants are completed online through the SmartyGrants online platform.

You only need to register once, and if you have applied through SmartyGrants previously, you can use your existing password and login again.

When to apply

Applications open 9am, Monday 14 October 2019 and will close 4pm, Monday 11 November 2019. No late applications will be accepted.

For more information

Council staff are here to assist you in your application. For more information, please contact the Night Time Economy Diversification Grants Administrator on (02) 9806 5538 during business hours, or email nte@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

If you have already lodged your application, please quote your Submission ID.