Night-time diversification grants

Support new events and activities to help your business attract customers in the evenings.

A night-time scene of people entering Ariel bookstore.

Applications are now closed

  • Recommendations to Council: 27 June 2022

About this program

This grant program aims to stimulate the city’s precincts and the night-time economy.

The program does this by supporting your business to trial new events, activities and initiatives at night (6pm to 6am) to encourage increased variety of night-time business offerings and programmed commercial activities in commercial precincts.

Funds can go towards:

  • revitalising hospitality venues with new activities at night
  • later trading premises – for example, opening hours for a book or fashion store extended to 10pm with additional programming such as book readings/fashion talks
  • businesses offering a regular series of activities or special events – for example, styling sessions for beauty, fashion or design retailers or cooking classes for hospitality businesses
  • businesses and venues introducing or expanding live music and performance, such as comedy, theatre, poetry, programming
  • creative producers who wish to work with businesses in their area to curate a program of events or night-time activities
  • coordinated activities between a group of businesses within a precinct are highly regarded – for example, collaborations between neighbourhood retailers, artisans and service providers to create a series of local events
  • capital works or capital expenditure associated with night-time activities up to a maximum value of $5,000.

Funding available

Up to $30,000 matched cash funding for programming at night (6pm to 6am) for a 1 or 2-year program.

Applicants must match the funding requested with a financial contribution including hours worked equal to or greater than the funds requested.

Applications requesting the maximum amount available must show how this activity will lead to significant benefit to the night-time economy.  


Evening trade opportunities

There is an opportunity for businesses to take advantage of high volumes of people walking by extending their trading hours. The graphs below show the number of people on the street and the number of businesses open on weekdays and Saturdays from 6am to midnight in Newtown and Glebe.

Newtown pedestrian traffic and businesses open on weekdays
Newtown pedestrian traffic and businesses open on a Saturday
Glebe pedestrian traffic and businesses open on weekdays