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After the success of round one Renewal SA is offering grants of up to $5,000 for place making activities and $10,000 for building compliance matters.

The number of quality applications in the first round showed there is an appetite for assistance to overcome costly building compliance matters such as noise, safety and accessibility. The grants will help successful applicants deliver programs, projects, events and business concepts that have a positive impact on Adelaide. There is a huge community desire to help Adelaide reach its potential as a vibrant and exciting place and City Makers is a great opportunity to showcase Adelaide’s creative potential. The first round of City Makers is already helping people to start up new businesses by supporting building compliance projects which help make Adelaide more accessible and safer and injects new life into buildings that may have otherwise remained dormant. Having an active community and cultural scene ensures the city is full of life throughout the day and after hours. Placemaking includes public art, street activation and creative activities which add to an area’s amenity and appearance.

Round one success

One of the successful applicants from the first round of City Makers was Nola Bar, which will be located in Adelaide’s East End. The New Orleans inspired bar is currently under construction. Co-owner Oliver Brown said he sought City Makers funding to undertake an acoustic assessment so they could offer live entertainment in their premises. The grant from City Makers has given the business a big helping hand towards their ambition to have live music in their venue through funding for a costly sound engineer’s report.

SALA General Manager Penny Griggs said SALA was able to ramp up their free city art tours this year thanks to their City Makers grant.

Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to think big and help make Adelaide a great place to live and work.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants for City Makers grants include:

  • entrepreneurs
  • sole traders (if applying for building compliance funding)
  • registered businesses
  • artists in entertainment and performance spaces and studios
  • community groups
  • partnerships.

Ideas need to be based within the city and funding can be used for building compliance (accessibility, fire safety, noise attenuation requirements and heritage considerations) and/or place making (street furniture, public art and innovative activation concepts).

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