City Grants


City Grants

View the City Grants program guidelines

2020-21 round round of City Grants awarded

Arts, dance and poetry, street art performance and a kinetic sculpture race are just some of the City Grants activities that will be held in the city’s public spaces over the next 12 months.

The City Renewal Authority has awarded $240,000 to 11 successful grant applications for activities across Civic, Braddon and New Acton through its 2020 City Grants round.

All activities will be held in compliance with the ACT’s Health Directions.

City Grant recipients can play an important role in contributing to the cultural and sustainable development of our city’s public places.

The seven successful Tier 1 applications (up to $10,000 each) consisted of a series of yoga, music and beer events; a moving pedal powered cockatoo sculpture; a poetry fringe festival; a public art treasure hunt; a Braddon community composter; a hip-hop street dance festival; and another instalment of Shakespeare By The Lakes.

The four successful Tier 2 applications (up to $50,000 each) were the Contour 556 sculpture festival; the You Are Here festival; Kinetic Sculpture Race; and the Together Alone stencil street art performance project.

Successful applications demonstrated innovative thinking and adaptability to respond to the current and future environment that has been impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

To see a list of City Grants recipients click here.

Facebook Live

View a Facebook Live we recently held to answer some of the frequently asked questions we received about our grants program.

About City Grants

The City Renewal Authority’s City Grants is a funding program for eligible organisations, groups and individuals to support placemaking 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.”

Since 2018 more than $920,000 in City Grants have been awarded, supporting 54 recipients for a variety of projects from music festivals and knitting events to performance art and temporary installations. View the list of successful grant recipients here.

City Grants are partly funded by the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy (CCMIL), a levy paid by commercial property owners in the city centre.

All projects funded through the program must occur within the City Grant Eligible Area.

City Grants are for 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.

Funding available

Approximately $250,000 for 2020-21

Grants available

Tier 1 (up to $10,000) for activity between 1 September and 30 June 2021.

Tier 2 ($10,001 to $50,000) for activity between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021

Open for applications

Applications open until 3pm Tuesday, 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 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.