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Million-dollar funding pool on offer to help breathe life into Newy

Are you sitting on an event idea, place activation or initiative that will help to re-energise Newcastle and boost our economy?

Well, the City of Newcastle wants to hear from you!

That’s because a formidable $1.3million funding pool, across four council programs, has been made available for people, businesses and groups keen on breathing more life into our fair city.

“Funding across a range of sponsorship and grant programs will support industries hardest hit by COVID-19 and ensure that as restrictions are lifted our city is ready,” Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said. 

“We are providing financial support for all levels of the community, from localised suburban landscape improvements to major events that attract thousands of visitors to our region and inject millions into our economy,

“These funding programs are more important than ever in the wake of COVID-19 and its unprecedented economic and social impacts on our community.”

The funding projects are as follows:

Special Business Program – a pool of $800,000 is on offer for projects that promote, beautify and develop the City Centre and Darby Street.

Event Sponsorship Program – $280,000 is available for events that promote Newcastle, provide tourism-related economic benefits, and capitalise on the city’s assets. Applications can be made across five categories depending on the size and significance of the event.  

Boost Arts and Cultural Grants Program – This initiative will provide a total of $150,000 to Newcastle’s cultural community by stimulating professional artist engagement and the presentation of arts and cultural works.

The Boost Your Place Challenge – $60,000 is on offer for initiatives designed to encourage young people to stay connected, create and innovate through various placemaking projects.

“I look forward to seeing innovative proposals that will enhance community wellbeing, improve the city’s identity and make Newcastle an even better place in which to live, work, play and invest,” Cr Nelmes added. 

Applications for all funding areas are open until Wednesday 12 August. Head here for more info and to submit your proposal