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CBDs Revitalisation Program

Eligible councils, businesses and cultural institutions are invited to apply for funding to run activations and events that engage the local community and attract visitors. Applications closed at 9:00 am AEDT on 17 January 2022.

About the Program

The NSW Government is investing $50 million in the CBDs Revitalisation Program to encourage people back into CBDs across Greater Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle and boost the state’s economic activity.

Download the Program Guidelines

Funding available

The minimum grant amount is $250,000. The maximum grant amount is $1 million. 

Examples of eligible events and activations activities include, but are not limited to:

  • one-off events that encourage ongoing visitation to an eligible CBD
  • event series that encourage ongoing visitation to an eligible CBD
  • an art gallery running mid-week activities for children to create art attracting parents and children to the gallery
  • a local council setting up a lunch time food event targeting workers to provide a reason to come into the office
  • an entertainment business extending operating hours to run after hours special events
  • a NSW government cultural institution running an exercise class in a unique location.


Councils, businesses and cultural institutions are eligible to apply. 

Eligible CBDs and urban centres are:

    • Sydney
    • Bankstown
    • Blacktown
    • Campbelltown
    • Chatswood
    • Fairfield
    • Hurstville
    • Kogarah
    • Liverpool
    • Macquarie Park
    • Manly
    • Newcastle
    • North Sydney
    • Parramatta
    • Penrith
    • Sydney Olympic Park
    • Wollongong

Refer to the Program Guidelines for full eligibility criteria and assessment criteria.

Information session

How to apply

Applications opened on 17 December 2021.

Applications closed at 9:00 am AEDT on 17 January 2022. 

Key dates

Round 2

You can expect to hear the outcome of your application in February 2022.

If you are successful, you must deliver your event by 1 May 2022. 

You will need to report on your project as per your funding agreement. Successful applicants will also be required to participate in evaluation activities conducted by Investment NSW.

Round 3

Details will be announced in early 2022.

Successful projects

In Round 1, the NSW Government committed $12.23 million to 6 projects. 

Sydney Street Party Series

Funding support for venues, bars and galleries to activate precincts through street entertainment, food offerings and late night retail offerings.

Culture Up Late extension

Extension of the successful program activating the state’s cultural institutions. This will drive attendance rates, by promoting the experience of visiting museums and galleries after dark.

Lights of Christmas

Funding to undertake a Christmas lighting show on the façade of St Mary’s Cathedral, which has been successfully delivered for the past 11 years.

Sydney Fringe Festival

Activation in The Rocks running from in February 2022, including:

  • Bernie Dieter’s Berlin Underground (internationally acclaimed pop-up cabaret immersive experience (ticketed)
  • Sydney Fringe Sideshow with small activations throughout shopfronts, vacant properties and existing. businesses in the precinct
  • Weekend of Street Performance with outdoor stage at First Fleet Park with roaming performers throughout the precinct.

Film Festivals

Support for film festivals (such as the Korean, Arabic and Japanese film festivals) to be hosted across Sydney, Western Sydney and South Western Sydney in independent and commercial cinemas (including outdoors).

Sydney’s Open for Lunch

Funding to support a series of ‘long lunch’ pop up dining events, in line with public health orders, celebrating local restauranteurs and suppliers in locations across the city.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding this Program, please contact Investment NSW.