Businesses, not-for-profits and property owners with ideas for vibrant events to revitalise Perth CBD can now apply for a share of $4 million in State Government funding with grants of up to $100,000 available per applicant.
The investment is part of $12 million package aimed at increasing foot traffic in Perth CBD and Northbridge to make it a more connected, active and attractive place to live, work, visit or play.
A wide range of activities including pop-up markets, long table dinners, music or artistic events, and children’s entertainment will be considered.
As part of the CBD Revitalisation Grant Program, successful recipients will be able to apply to the State Government for the use of locations such as Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square and the Perth Cultural Centre precinct.
There will be three funding rounds over the 2022/23 financial year:
- Round 1 – applications July 1 to August 1, for events held by December 31, 2022;
- Round 2 – applications September 1 to October 1, 2022 for events held by March 30, 2023; and
- Round 3 – applications February 1 to March 1 for events held by June 30, 2023.
Applications will be assessed against the criteria of economic impact, activation, and capability to deliver.
The CBD Revitalisation Grant Program is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and more information can be found on its website https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/cbd
As stated by Local Government Minister John Carey:
“We want to get people back into the city supporting small businesses and driving vibrancy, and this $4 million grants program is a fantastic opportunity to make that happen.
“We’re envisaging pop-up markets, long table dinners, live music performances, food and wine events, fashion shows, art exhibits, children’s entertainment, and more. There are so many unique locations to choose from and the option of the beautiful backdrop of the river.
“I encourage not-for-profits, businesses and property owners to make use of this funding – with $100,000 available per applicant, there are so many possibilities for empty and unused spaces. I look forward to attending some of the grant recipient events when they happen.
“After the past couple of years, social reconnection is powerful and as well as being good from a human interaction perspective, these activation events have great potential to increase spending and assist businesses needing support as they recover from the impacts of the pandemic.”