City of Sydney spruiks grants to combat Covid downturn

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Photo: Lord Mayor Clover Moore/Facebook.

The City of Sydney Council is promoting its Knowledge Exchange Sponsorships Grants – which provide funding for businesses looking to strengthen the city’s economic, social, environmental and cultural sectors – in a bid to support Sydney’s Covid-19 recovery.

The initiative, which pre-dates the Covid-19 pandemic, provides grants of up to $40,000 to profit and not-for-profit organisations within the local government area (LGA) to share knowledge, expertise and resources.

Successful applicants must operate within the City of Sydney LGA or have programs targeted within the area.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the program ensures that vital industry knowledge is accessible to local businesses and community organisations, and was an important tool in dealing with the ramifications of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“Now more than ever our local businesses and community organisations need access to support and services that will help them grow and thrive, which is why we’ve developed this targeted sponsorship program,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Up to $40,000 in knowledge exchange funding is available to successful applicants to encourage sharing in knowledge, expertise, resources and skills, which will in turn support the recovery of Sydney’s economic, social and cultural sectors,” she said.

Chris Johnson – the managing director of local hospitality and live events software startup, Onto It Media – was successfully awarded sponsorship in January, before the Covid pandemic began in earnest.

“The knowledge exchange sponsorship means more than just money to Onto It Media,” he said.

“It has become crucial to the success of our new venue online services platform by inspiring bars, pubs, clubs and hotels to adapt to boost their business and live music, share their experiences with us … and help us become a world-class digital platform.”

Chris Johnson, managing director of Sydney startup, Onto It Media. Photo: City of Sydney Council/supplied.

Similarly, Alana Mann from Sydney University Food Lab previously received a $40,000 grant to help give individuals the knowledge and support needed to embark on a career in food.

“The three-year knowledge exchange scholarship is essential to the operation of FoodLab Sydney, an ‘early start’ food business incubator for local residents,” said Mann.

Applications for the current round of knowledge sponsorships close 21 September 2020. 

Interested parties should contact the grants team on (02) 9265 9333.

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