City Grants

City Grants

View the Program Guidelines here

Closed for applications

The City Renewal Authority’s City Grants is now closed.

We are currently assessing applications and will announce successful recipients soon.

The next round of Tier 1 grants will open in late September 2019 for projects taking place from 1 January 2020 – 30 June 2020.

The next round of Tier 2 Grants for activities taking place in 2020/2021 will open in early 2020.

About City Grants

The City Renewal Authority’s City Grants is a funding program for eligible organisations, groups and individuals to support place-making projects in Canberra’s city centre.

The primary objective of City Grants is “to develop and support the vitality of Civic, Braddon and Acton through creative and engaging place-making initiatives that strengthen our community’s connection to Civic, Braddon and Acton’s public spaces and encourage habitual visitation.”

This is the fourth round of City Grants we have held. So far over $500,000 in grants have been awarded, supporting 28 recipients to deliver a variety of projects from music festivals and knitting events to performance art and temporary installations. View the list of successful grant recipients for here.

City Grants is funded by the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy (CCMIL), a fee paid by property owners in the city centre. As a result, all projects funded through the program must occur within the CCMIL area.

City Grants funds projects that:

As a guide, funded projects could include, but are not limited to:

How much funding can I apply for?

To support projects of various sizes and scales, City Grants consists of a two tier funding model:

Tier 1

Through Tier 1 grants, applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their project. The application process for Tier 1 grants is streamlined with less eligibility requirements for applicants and a shorter application form.

Tier 2

Through Tier 2 grants, applicants can apply for between $10,001 and $50,000 to support applications that will have a demonstrably large impact on the city centre. The application process for Tier 2 grants requires strong evidence of planning.


Tier 1 Grants

Tier 2 Grants

Funding available

Up to $10,000

Between $10,001 and $50,000

Open for applications

Open twice for activity in 2019-20:

  • The first round will open March 2019 for activities from 1 July to 31 December 2019;
  • The second round will open in August 2019 for activities from
    1 January to 30 June 2020.

Open once for activity in 2019-20:

  • The round will open March 2019 for activities from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

Funding Guidelines

Before applying for funding please review the City Grants Program Guidelines.


If you have any questions regarding the City Grants please contact the City Activation Unit, City Renewal Authority on 02 6205 2209 or at Prior to applying, it’s recommended that you contact the team.

How to Apply

To apply for a City Grant please complete an online Application Form:

Tier 1 Application FormSeeking funding up to $10,000

Tier 2 Application Form – Seeking funding from $10,001 to $50,000