Placemaking Grants

Placemaking Grants
Watsons Bay Markets - Placemaking Grant Recipient

Grants to connect our people and the places they share

Placemaking Grants support projects, activities and events that activate and enhance public spaces, publically accessible spaces, commercial centres and suburbs within the Woollahra LGA. There are two categories under this Grant’s Program stream.

Category 1 - Events    
Category 2 - Place activation

Small Grants of up to $3,000 are available to businesses, sole traders, community and business sector support organisations including community groups, business chambers, resident associations and individuals.

Large Grants of between $3,001 and $7,500 are available to businesses, community and business sector support organisations including community groups, business chambers and resident associations.

Individuals may only apply for a Large Grant if under the auspices of a not for profit organisation.

Key Dates 2024
  • 1 April - grant applications open
  • 5 May - grant applications close
  • Late June - grants announced
  • 1 July - grant projects can commence

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please fill out the Grants Expression of Interest form and we will add you to our grants promotions list.

Free Community Information Sessions:

Get grant ready by attending one of our FREE information sessions. Please diarise these dates and watch this space. Booking links will be available soon!

Grants Information Webinar (via zoom):

Date: Tuesday 19 March

Time: 6pm

Grant Writing Workshop - In person at Double Bay Library

Date: Thursday 21 March

Time: 10am to 12pm

Policy and Guidelines

Read the Grants Policy(PDF, 691KB) and Grants Guidelines(PDF, 292KB) for information about the program.

Please contact our Community Development team on 9391 7191 or if you have any questions.

Placemaking Grants 2024/25 Round

Grant themes are updated annually to reflect changing community needs and aspirations. At the meeting on 12 February, Council endorsed the following Placemaking theme for the 2024/25 round:

Placemaking: Events and activations that create vibrant, liveable and connected places.

Scope of projects

Category 1 - Events

Delivery of new and / or recurring community events within public spaces or publicly accessible spaces within the Woollahra Local Government Area. This grant can also cover the purchasing of event infrastructure or equipment to be used in recurring events and support to develop partners and sponsorship opportunities to deliver on the event.

Examples include:

  • Community markets
  • Health and wellbeing activities
  • Food truck events
  • Community workshops
  • Live music performances (e.g. open mic events)
  • Family fun day out events

Category 2 - Place activation

To support and encourage activation of public spaces, business areas and neighbourhoods to enliven and improve access, liveability and activity. These projects can include elements including but not limited to:

  • Establishment of a business partnership or collective than enables joint delivery of events, programs and services
  • Delivery of lighting projects, installations, or other physical or digital works in public spaces or publicly accessible space within the Woollahra Local Government Area
  • Initiatives that use public spaces to improve community engagement within the Woollahra LGA
  • Development and implementation of marketing campaigns and tools such as marketing collateral, digital media publications, podcasts, and media partnerships to support the project implementation.
  • Public art projects
  • Rejuvenation of shop fronts, footpath displays, trading and dining
  • Diversification of offerings within a precinct including food and beverage offerings, art and design, entertainment and retail
  • Enable innovation such as local start up hubs, small business incubators and other innovative business developments that incentivise investment and visitation to a precinct
  • Promote shopping and commercial areas
  • Activate vacant shop fronts
  • Musical or theatrical footpath theatre.

Grant Recipients

View the list of previous successful grant recipients:


For more information, please contact:

Strategic Planning & Place Team
Telephone: 02 9391 7000