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Night City

Night Time Economy Activation Grants


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The Night Time Economy Activation Grants are designed to support local businesses, community groups, event organisers and individuals to develop projects that will support the growth and diversity of the night time economy in the City of Parramatta, while supporting the ability to trial new and interesting concepts that will build capacity in our local night time sector into the future.

How much funding is available?

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Council is providing a funding pool of $50,000 for the 2020/2021 Night Time Economy Activation Grants. Awarded in 2 categories based on the location in which the proposed activity will occur, or location of the business:

Category 1: CBD and surrounds

Category 2: Outside of CBD

Pool of funding available: $40,000

Pool of funding available: $10,000

View the Category Map to see which category your project is eligible for.


What kinds of projects are eligible? (Back to top)

What kinds of projects are eligible?
    • To support improvements to a business that encourage night time visitation, such as public art, creative lighting and functional lighting upgrades
    • Capital improvements to in-venue acoustics to help manage sound transfer from venues to surrounding properties.
    • To assist in covering fees and charges associated with the establishment of a new or expanded night time business or activity. This could include development application fees, outdoor dining or street activity use charges, event permits or liquor licensing fees.
    • To assist with development application costs associated with seeking an extension of trading hours of a business.
    • Assisting with additional operational and staffing costs associated with extended trading hours, or a new night time activity.
    • Providing a new or additional service or offering in a retail or service premise conducted after 5pm, such as a workshop.
    • Financial support for live music programming as part of an event or inside a business;
    • Studies or acoustic reports to support development applications or licence approvals to host live music.

Key dates

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The key dates for the Grants Scheme are:

18 January 2021

Application round opens at 9am

22 February 2021

Application round closes at 5pm

15 March 2021

Notification of Council’s determination

How do I apply?

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All applications are taken via the SmartyGrants platform.

More information on how to apply is in the guidelines booklet.

Applications are now open.