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Placemaking Grants
Watsons Bay Markets - Placemaking Grant Recipient

Grants to connect our people and the places they share

Woollahra Council is proud to announce the next round of Placemaking Grants is now open via SmartyGrants. The round will be open until midnight on Sunday 21 August, 2022.

Sydney WorldPride festival will showcase next year from 17 February to 5 March 2023. Woollahra Council invites those who wish to bring LGBTQIA+ creativity to our local places and spaces or host a party or event in the Woollahra Municipality, to apply for a Placemaking Grant.

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

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Council's Placemaking Grants program provides

  • Small grants of up to $3,000 are available for individuals, sole traders, businesses, community organisations, and community groups.
  • Large grants of between $3,000 and $7,500 are available to businesses, community organisations, and community groups.

A maximum of $7,500 can be given to any group/organisation per the annual grants round. Individuals may only apply for a Large Grant if under the auspices of a not for profit organisation.

Policy and Guidelines

Read the Grants Policy and Grants Guidelines for information about the program.

2020/2021 Placemaking Grants round one recipients

Successful applicants for the first round of Woollahra Council’s Placemaking Grants program 2020/21 have been announced!

You can watch the video of the presentation ceremony and hear the grant recipients talk about their inspiring projects as the Mayor of Woollahra, Councillor Wynne, congratulates recipients on providing projects that benefit the Woollahra business community.

Round One 2020/21 Placemaking Grants Recipients



Project Name


Bard on the Beach

Shakespeare by the Bay 2020


UNSW Galleries

2021 Summer Local Engagement Program


Paddington Business Partnership

William St Christmas Lights


Cambridge Markets

Watsons Bay SPRING Markets


Eko Luv

Waste window display and sustainable fashion workshops


Pound Paws Incorporated

Pound Paws Dog Day


Woollahra Double Bay Uniting Church

Community Oasis


Australian Art Events Foundation

Art Month Sydney: Paddington Precinct Night

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.

Examples include:

  • 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:

Placemaking Grants in action

Pound Paws Dog Day

With the support and backing of a 2020/21 Woollahra Council Placemaking Grant, Pound Paws was able to host the ultimate paw-ty in the Eastern Suburbs to raise money and awareness for adoption organisations and find forever homes for rescue dogs.

Pound Paws is an Australian-based registered charity with a mission to encourage the public to adopt instead of shop. The aim of their Dog Day events is to raise awareness about pet adoption, as well as educate different communities about responsible pet ownership.

Pound Paws Dog Day 2022
Cute Canines strutting their stuff at The Pound Paws Dog Day

The Pound Paws Dog Day, supported by Woollahra Council, was held on Sunday 6 February 2022 at the Golden Sheaf in Double Bay. The day was all about rescue dogs: with cute canines available for adoption from a variety of dog rescue groups around NSW, and fundraisers to help them keep up the good work.

There were stalls offering everything from doggy tarot card readings to free micro-chip checks with Woollahra Council's very own Animal Ranger Paul. And of course a red carpet with paw-paparrazi. Woollahra Mayor, Susan Wynne and her adorable pooch Teddy were on hand to help judge the Best Dog Trick/Costume prize.

Pound Paws dog day judge
Ranger Paul from Woollahra Council (left) ; Mayor Susan Wynne with Teddy (right)

"Grant funding from Woollahra Council helped Pound Paws organise a paw-some event at the Golden Sheaf in February 2022 which was loved by more than 500 humans and their dogs. The grant process was easy and we used the grant to provide a Covid-safe event and the opportunity to build more awareness about adopting rather than shopping for a pet, as well as responsible pet ownership (with an educational session from Woollahra Council Animal Ranger, Paul). The response from the community and all our event partners was paw-some!" - Brittany Bloomer, Founder of Pound Paws


For more information, please contact:
Placemaking Woollahra
Telephone: 9391 7156