Grants In The City Program returns for round two

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After a successful pilot, our innovative city activation program Grants In The City is back in 2017.

Grants In The City was first introduced almost twelve months ago, and the program has since funded approximately $300,000 worth of events and activations in Canberra’s City and Braddon District.

From large scale events like The National Multicultural Festival to activations such as #BackyardExperiment in Garema Place, the Grants In The City program has already financially and personally supported some of Canberra’s favourite events and projects.

“We have been delighted to have partnered with In The City Canberra to help bring the 2017 and previous National Multicultural Festival to life,” said Community Participation Group Director Azra Khan.

“The grant funding provided by In the City Canberra has been utilised by the festival to help cover costs associated with engaging local entertainers, providing training for volunteers and enabling local multicultural communities to participate in past year’s events.”

Planning is already underway for the National Multicultural Festival’s return to Canberra’s city centre from February 16 to 18, 2018.

“We are in the initial phase of planning but the countdown to the 2018 extravaganza has already begun with nine months to go. We look forward to the journey ahead in delivering next year’s event, and applying for another In The City Canberra,” said Mrs Khan.

“The Grants In The City program is a fantastic opportunity for people wanting to entertain and delight our community by holding events and temporary activities in the heart of Canberra,” said In The City Canberra CEO Jane Easthope.

“With grants of up to $80,000 available, the options are really endless for people who come to us with creative and exciting ideas for the CBD,” said Ms Easthope.

To be eligible for a grant, applications must have a clear focus on enlivening and attracting people to the CBD. Ideas can range from small art installations right through to festivals and temporary installations such as the skate rink, markets and the ‘Before I Die Wall’.

Applications are now open for the second round of Grants In The City and will close on July 3.

There are two tiers of grants available, with grants available for public ideas of up to $2,000, and grants of $2,000 to $80,000 available for professional and popular ideas.

To find out more and to apply, go here.