July 8, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: Tourism WA

The Western Australian government is offering grants of up to $100,000 per event to help bring life back into the state’s capital city following years of pandemic uncertainty.

Those wanting to apply for funding through the CBD Revitalisation Grant Program have little time to lose – the first round of funding is open through the month of July, closing August 1, with applicants granted funding by mid-September and expected to deliver the event before the end of the current calendar year.

There are two more rounds of funding to come with the second round open September 1 to October 1, 2022, to be used for events delivered by March 30, 2023 and the third round open from February 1 to March 1, 2023, with events to be delivered by the end of June.

The government is targeting events including pop-up markets and exhibitions, long table dinners, live performances and events for children.

“We want to get people back into the city supporting small businesses and driving vibrancy, and this $4 million grants program is a fantastic opportunity to make that happen,” said WA’s Local Government Minister John Carey.

” There are so many unique locations to choose from and the option of the beautiful backdrop of the river.

“I encourage not-for-profits, businesses and property owners to make use of this funding – with $100,000 available per applicant, there are so many possibilities for empty and unused spaces.

“After the past couple of years, social reconnection is powerful and as well as being good from a human interaction perspective, these activation events have great potential to increase spending and assist businesses needing support as they recover from the impacts of the pandemic,” said Carey.