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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):

Building compliance

  1. Living Arts, 13 Hutt Street
  2. Format Collective, 80 Hindley Street
  3. Basem3nt, 15-17 Featherstone Place
  4. Nola Bar, 295 Rundle Street
  5. Williams Burton P/L, 28-30 Franklin Street
  6. Conservation Council SA, 111 Franklin Street.


  1. Windmill Theatre, 2/234 Sturt Street
  2. Market Kitchen, Level 1, 44-60 Gouger Street
  3. East End Coordination Group, Ebenezer Place
  4. Migrant Resource Centre of SA, 23 Coglin Street
  5. Contemporary Art Centre of SA, 172-174 Morphett Street
  6. SALA, various Adelaide CBD locations
  7. Surrender, Blue Hive & Intercontinental Plaza
  8. Fork on the Road, Adelaide CBD and parklands
  9. 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.