ACT Government

City Grants

The City Renewal Authority’s City Grants 2020 round is now open and will close at 3pm on Tuesday 30 June 2020.

The Authority is currently receiving applications for Tier 1 Grants (up to $10,000) and Tier 2 Grants (between $10,001 and $50,000).

Tier 1 and Tier 2 Grants are available for activities taking place between 1 September and 30 June 2021.

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

Applications should demonstrate innovative thinking and adaptability to respond to the current and future environment that has been impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

In this round, the Authority is seeking applications which showcase innovation in design, flexibility in planning and excellence in implementation to ultimately strengthen our community’s connection to the city centre and support the vitality of the area.

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:

  • Strengthen our community’s connection to Civic, Braddon and Acton’s public places and encourage repeated visitation.
  • Enrich the place experience through creative, innovative, diverse, and inclusive activity that enhances the individual character and amenity of each place.
  • Involve and build capacity within our community.
  • Engage with local businesses from the CCMIL area and benefit the local economy.
  • Are committed to sustainable practices.
As a guide, funded projects could include, but are not limited to:
  • Arts activities
  • Events
  • Short-term installations
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Research and development


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.

Applications close
30 Jun 2020
Amount Upon Application
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander arts
Arts organisation
Experimental arts
Film / TV / Digital
Performing Arts
Public art
Visual arts
Writing & Publishing
Grant Type
Audience development
Market development
New work
Presentation & Promotion
Skills development
Applicant Type
Australian Capital Territory
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