City of Sydney CBD activation grant - now closed


We are thrilled to have the City of Sydney using Collabosaurus to support the enlivening of Sydney CBD through collaborations! The City of Sydney CBD activation grant offers matched funding of up to $50,000 to support creatives and businesses in activating a CBD located space.


This activation grant encourages collaborations between business and creatives to activate space in businesses, public domain and vacant corporate space with live music and cultural programming to enliven our city centre, inspire visitors to safely return and help revitalise the economy.


Who can apply?


For-profit, not-for-profit, sole traders, social enterprises, individuals or unincorporated community groups, auspiced by a not-for-profit that is eligible to apply in their own right. 

City centre-based businesses in arts and culture, entertainment, tourism and accommodation, retail and hospitality, corporate/private sector organisations with space to activate that are accessible to the public and event companies, or creative companies/operators activating a CBD located space in Sydney.

CBD is defined as the central Sydney CBD and Haymarket areas (including Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and The Rocks).


Find your collaborator through Collabosaurus


Using the code ‘CityofSydney’ on upgrade, you will be able to access a free account on Collabosaurus up until 7 December 2020 [now closed], to help you find a grant partner.

  • Step 1: Create an account here
  • Step 2: Upgrade via your ‘settings’ & use the code CityofSydney
  • Step 3: The Collabosaurus Team will be in touch to arrange a quick phone call 
  • Step 4: Find a great collaboration partner through Collabosaurus
  • Step 5: Apply for the City of Sydney CBD activation grant, together by 7 December 2020 (more details below) 


Project thought starters


Not sure how your business or creativity can participate? We have created some hypothetical scenarios below to get the creative juices flowing! 

There are endless concepts, and The City of Sydney isn't specifically looking for grant applications to mirror these ideas (so, if you have an out-of-the-box concept, you should still participate).

Live music venue

A CBD-based late-night live music venue that normally programs rock music might apply for a grant to work on a new classical music program.

Musicians / creatives

Musicians and performers might apply to create a series of performances in an outdoor space in Barangaroo.

Corporate spaces, shopping centres and developers

These commercial businesses might look to activate public spaces one their premises or even empty corporate spaces. For example, a corporate office space with a courtyard might apply to program DJ sessions for late night shoppers on Thursday evenings.

Event producers / creative companies

A professional event company might create a unique cultural event in Pitt Street Mall or Circular Quay on the weekends to encourage shoppers back to the city centre.

Vacant retail stores

A vacant store might be activated as an art gallery showcasing children’s artwork from local schools. Or perhaps it might feature young emerging artists who are studying at one of the universities in our local area.


Featured City of Sydney opportunities 

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Want to find out more or apply for a City of Sydney grant? 


Need support with your application or have a question?

Call the City of Sydney today on 02 9265 9333


Click here to apply for a grant