Public art, performance plan to help high streets through pandemic

File photo of the northern side of Oxford St, Paddington, in the Woollahra Municipal Council LGA.

Public art projects, the rejuvenation of shopfronts, and footpath theatre performances are just some of the projects eligible for funding under round two of Woollahra Municipal Council’s 2020/21 Placemaking Grants Program.

The program, which is about supporting businesses by enhancing shopping and commercial areas, aims to contribute to the centres being vital public destinations through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Round two of the program provides grants up to $3,500 for business and property owners/operators, and not-for-profit organisations who provide an activity or program that enhances local commercial centres.

“The threat of the spread of Covid-19 has resulted in unprecedented impacts on businesses and our commercial centres,” said a Woollahra Council statement. 

“We welcome applications for innovative programs that will assist businesses during this crisis.

“We recognise that project delivery may be restricted due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and associated social distancing requirements. Programs could be delivered online or via other innovative platforms that observe social distancing restrictions.” 

Applicants are encouraged to submit innovative projects that respond to the pandemic and its effects.

Examples of the possible “placemaking projects” include public art installations; footpath displays, trading and dining; activation of vacant shopfronts; and “other things interactive, inspiring and unique”. 

The Placemaking Grants application form includes questions on how the project or activity can be delivered in a Covid-safe way.

Applicants must apply by Saturday, 31 October, with the winners to be announced in November. 

For more information on Woollahra Council’s Placemaking Grants Program, email placemaking@woollahra.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 9391 7156.

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