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Vibrant spaces fund

Vibrant and liveable places support creative expression, social connection, and community pride. They also attract business and investment, and create opportunities for new employment enterprise, trade and export.

Creating vibrancy in our town centres and public spaces requires a collaborative approach. It requires ownership from Council, business and the community to deliver programs that offer a diverse range of experiences which connect the way we work, live and play.

These activities need to reflect the culture, heritage and identity of each community and ultimately, contribute to the wellbeing of those who use the space.

Initiatives could include:

  • small events and markets
  • artistic and creative upgrades to streets including public art projects, creative lighting and tactile installations
  • historical or place interpretation and interactive experiences like signage, art and trails
  • decorations activating shopfronts and festive season promotions
  • repurposing existing commercial space
  • music and performances in the park
  • parklets
  • greening and beautification projects
  • anything that injects life, energy and vibrancy into our public spaces.

This could be a one-off project or a series of smaller projects over time.

Key dates

  • Round 1: Open 1 September to 5 October 2021
  • Round 2 : Open 1 March to 29 March 2022
Funding available

A total of $50,000 is available, with up to $6,000 maximum per application.

Who can apply?

  • incorporated, not-for-profit organisations or charities
  • registered businesses with an ABN
  • sole traders
  • schools
  • artists
  • community and volunteer groups (for example, Landcare groups)
  • service organisations.

For unincorporated community groups or individuals, we recommend you partner with a local business to participate in this program.

How to apply

  1. Read the Funding Guidelines for full details about the grant.
  2. Give our team a call to discuss your project on 02 4988 0255 or email pscgrants@portstephens.nsw.gov.au
  3. Visit portstephens.smartygrants.com.au and complete the online application. Make sure to upload any supporting documentation including your Certificate of Incorporation, budget and any required quotes.

For more information and apply online

Previous recipients

RecipientsProjectGrant

Burbridge & Burke

Christmas in the Bay

$6,000

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

Gundabooka Garden Gallery

$6,000

Jordan Hocking

Wall Mural, Tomaree Library Courtyard

$6,000

Seaham Parks & Wetlands Committee

Improve Access to Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve Wetlands

$6,000

Tomaree Museum Association Inc

Repurposing of retail shop for the Launch of the Tomaree Museum

$6,000

Youth Express Association

Regeneration and Native Planting Project, Karuah

$6,000