Parramatta Launch Night Time Economy Grants

Written by on 19 January 2021

Parramatta is taking steps towards becoming a thriving 24-hour destination. The Council is launching brand new grant programs to fund new night-time offerings as the City helps lead economic recovery from COVID-19.

Intending to illuminate the night economy in Parramatta, City Council officials have launched the Night-Time Economy Activation Grants. Encouraging local businesses, groups, and individuals to develop and trial new and exciting products and concepts, City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer hopes the program will boost the night-time sector in the CBD and surrounding areas.

“As Parramatta continues to grow and transform, it is crucial we also expand our night-time economy and move towards becoming a 24-hour city,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said. 

“Our $1.1 billion night-time economy, the third-largest in NSW, has taken a severe blow as a result of the pandemic. Through these grants, we are supporting our local business community while bringing a host of new night-time offerings to our residents and visitors.”

Offering a total of $50,00 across two stages, category one will see $40,000 made available to the CBD and its surroundings. At the same time, only $10,00 will go towards areas outside the CBD. Projects to be considered will include creative performances, trials of longer trading hours or new experiences, and pop-up events.

“We’d like to see a greater mix of night-time offerings in Parramatta to entice more people to come and enjoy our rich and vibrant City,” Cr Dwyer said.

“This program is a fantastic opportunity for our community to contribute to the growth and development of our night-time economy. I encourage any interested local businesses, groups, and individuals to apply.”

Applications will be accepted until 5 pm, Friday, 22 February 2021.

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