15 grants to encourage a vibrant city
22 May 2015
City Maker grants amounting to $250,000 have been awarded to 15 entrepreneurs, community groups and artists.
The new grant program aims to help entrepreneurs run a range of events and activities that bring life to the city and support innovative projects that face building compliance issues.
For example, Format, a resource centre for experimental artists and musicians based around a gallery, cafe, shop and live music venue in the West End of the city, will use their City Makers grant to fit out a basement rehearsal space and recording studio, as well as build an accessible bathroom in the adjoining cafe.
Windmill Theatre will use their grant to transform a bare public wall outside its new Sturt Street studios into a captivating piece of interactive public art by Jonathon Oxlade. The work will strengthen the connection between the community, our audiences and the company.
A grant will also go to the Living Arts program, which supports disadvantaged individuals in Adelaide, to cover the cost of new accessible toilets at Experience Café - a volunteer-run café providing hospitality experience to young people and newly arrived migrants.
The applications, which were assessed by a panel established by Renewal SA, needed to address building compliance (accessibility, fire safety and noise attenuation requirements) and/or placemaking (street furniture or fittings, public art and innovative activation concepts) in the CBD.
Successful applicants (please note some applications are subject to planning permission from Adelaide City Council):
- Living Arts, 13 Hutt Street
- Format Collective, 80 Hindley Street
- Basem3nt, 15-17 Featherstone Place
- Nola Bar, 295 Rundle Street
- Williams Burton P/L, 28-30 Franklin Street
- Conservation Council SA, 111 Franklin Street.
- Windmill Theatre, 2/234 Sturt Street
- Market Kitchen, Level 1, 44-60 Gouger Street
- East End Coordination Group, Ebenezer Place
- Migrant Resource Centre of SA, 23 Coglin Street
- Contemporary Art Centre of SA, 172-174 Morphett Street
- SALA, various Adelaide CBD locations
- Surrender, Blue Hive & Intercontinental Plaza
- Fork on the Road, Adelaide CBD and parklands
- Act Now Theatre, various Adelaide CBD locations.
A call for funding applications for the next round of the City Makers program is planned next financial year.