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CBDs Revitalisation Program

Funding for councils, businesses and cultural institutions to run activations and events that engage the local community and attract visitors. Round 3 applications have closed and successful projects will be announced in June.

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 Round 3 Program Guidelines

Funding available

For Round 3, the minimum grant amount is $250,000. The maximum grant amount is $800,000. All grant amounts are inclusive of GST. 

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.

Eligibility

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

Key dates

Round 3 applications opened 29 March 2022, and closed on 27 April 2022 at 9:00am AEST.

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

If you are successful, you must deliver your event by 31 August 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.

Successful projects

Round 1

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.

Round 2

In Round 2, the NSW Government committed approximately $15.5 million to 24 projects. 

23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022), Art After Dark

Art After Dark will take place each Wednesday evening of the Biennale, featuring interactive art experiences, organic wines and locally sourced food. 

Chatswood Nights

Weekly musicians, a large scale temporary public art installation throughout the Chatswood CBD, accompanied by a food trail and animated projection on The Concourse. 

Liverpool Alive at Night

Fortnightly weekend night markets, arcades and laneways connected with light art installations and temporary dining spaces to encourage exploration and use of underutilised areas. 

Xstatic Wonderland Festival

A family-friendly music and arts festival centred around a huge Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with a rabbit hole and three stages for 2500 people. 

Play in Penrith

An in-venue and outdoor series of block-style events focused along the hospitality and arts spine of Penrith City Centre, celebrating local talent. 

PLAY Manly

A 10-day festival featuring light art, projection mapping, facade artwork, street games, concerts, history exhibition, outdoor cinema, local markets, mural paintings and a showcase of local brewers and distillers. 

Eternityland

Morphing an iconic Barangaroo location into an art park, bar and immersive theatre experience, epic in scale and creativity. 

Indian New Year Festival Feast

At the Riverside Theatre, there will be music, dance programs by local schools in classical, cultural, fusion and Bollywood format, a locally commissioned multilingual play, food trucks and restaurants serving vegetarian and vegan food. 

107 on The Rocks

A month-long program of exhibitions, installations, workshops, activities and cultural experiences alongside a pop-up bar, live music and performances.  

Park Sounds

Park Sounds will bring vibrancy to the precinct and supports the live music sector, major venues and local businesses, delivering 58 activations through an innovative program. 

Flow and Glow

A 2-day event where history meets art, hospitality meets entertainment and demonstrating how these elements can come to play in both day and night. 

Pitt St Mall, ALIVE

A 2-week vibrant Pitt St Mall takeover showcasing everything our great city has to offer from dining, live music, modern art, fresh food and entertainment for the entire family.  

Into the Woods @ Chatswood

An enchanted woodland by day with giant art installations, unique photo moments, native wildlife and sustainability workshops, and light, art and culturally diverse entertainment and dining by night. 

Autumn Activations

Parramatta's new pop-up performance spaces, food and drink, street activations, stunning lighting displays and large-scale projections at Terrace Amphitheatre by the river, Eat Street Carpark Rooftop Bar and Harris Park's Little India. 

Laneways Live

A local, creative, curated place-based festival celebrating and promoting Wollongong’s unique and evolving laneway culture and recent status as a global Bike City. 

INTERSECTIONS by YCK Laneways

A 6-week program involving chefs, artists, musicians and designers from across Sydney collaborating with venues to deliver new and unexpected experiences. 

OUR HOUSE

A 30-day festival celebrating food, drink, arts and culture, located in the heart of the CBD in the beautiful Wynyard Park precinct. 

Autumn Alive: City Activation Series

A month-long series of activations leveraging unique elements of Newcastle CBD: our cultural institutions, night-time offerings, public domains, and boutique local businesses. 

On Q Autumn Cultural Program

An infusion of artistic and cultural installations and activations, performance art, interactive installations and creative workshops throughout the Campbelltown CBD.

Press Play

A composer generated soundscape paired with cocktails, performance art, dining and visual masterpiece entertainment across two evenings. 

Blacktown by Night

A curated program of live music, film, workshops and art, including extended hours at the Arts Centre and a suite of free and ticketed events throughout the Blacktown CBD. 

Eggsville Community Art Trail

A trail featuring 12 vibrant, metre-high eggs strategically placed throughout Hurstville, each one representing a core community or cultural group essential to Georges River. 

MPeXpo (Macquarie Park Expo)

MPeXpo will be an innovation-themed event series, culminating in a major open-air street festival bringing Macquarie Park’s community together. 

Chippendale Wine & Dine

A 'Taste of Chippendale' mixed with the best 'Young Guns of Wine' in the state, the 3-day event will attract discerning foodies to experience bite sized tasting dishes from local restaurants with a silent disco, DJs and wine masterclasses. 

Contact us

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