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Latest round of expression of interest for $50 million boost in NSW CBDs revitalisation

The latest round of Investment NSW’s $50 million CBDs Revitalisation Program funding has opened for applications, with more than $20 million on offer for creative activities that will transform Greater Sydney CBDs from June to August 2022.

Businesses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enterprise, social organisations, local government bodies and cultural institutions from eligible CBDs are encouraged to express interest from today, with funding of between $250,000 and $800,000 per event available to enable diverse activities across Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

The first and second rounds of the Program allocated more than $28 million towards 31 projects across Greater Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle CBDs, with activity taking place until the end of May 2022.

24-Hour Economy Commissioner Michael Rodrigues said public confidence for getting back out and about after COVID-19 is growing.

“The focus of our $50 million CBDs Revitalisation Program is to invest in events and activations to bring life back to our urban centres,” Mr Rodrigues said.

“We have already seen what organisations have been able to achieve through this support to improve the vibrancy of our cities. People have quite literally been dancing in the streets, which has been incredible to see again! 

“We hope this support will start new and ongoing relationships between local businesses and event producers that will evolve into the unique social and urban fabric of our cities.”

Eligible CBDs and urban centres include Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, Liverpool, Penrith, Chatswood, North Sydney, Manly, Bankstown, Blacktown, Fairfield, Hurstville, Kogarah, Macquarie Park, Campbelltown, Wollongong and Newcastle.

Applications for Round Three close at 12 midday AEDT on Tuesday 26 April 2022.  More information on the Program and its eligibility requirements is available here. 

An online session for interested Round Three applicants will take place on Monday 4 April 2022. To register to attend, visit here.