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Night Time Activation Grant

About the Night Time Activation Grant

The Night Time Activation Grant supports businesses, creatives and not-for-profits to develop new projects that support our local night time economy and activate community hubs after dark. 

We encourage trialling new events, activities and initiatives to spark an increased variety of night time business offerings and programmed activities in commercial precincts.

What the Funding Can Be Used For

Funds can go towards:

Programming to encourage later trading hours. 

For example:

  • A fashion store hosting an evening fashion parade;
  • A book store hosting an evening author reading or book club;
  • Evening tours;
  • Curation of a series of performances;
  • Trialling a new performance genre with the view to ongoing inclusion of the activity, e.g. pub choir, poetry nights;
  • Performers partnering with a venue to provide evening entertainment;
  • Promotion associated with new programs.

Revitalising hospitality venues with new activities at night (matched funding is required for capital equipment).  

For example:

  • Acoustic improvements to help manage sound transfer from venues to surrounding properties;
  • Investment in equipment to support live music;
  • Investment in hanging rails to support art exhibitions and opening events;
  • Works that facilitate the introduction of live music or performance;
  • Creative lighting or street projections to make our spaces playful and interesting.

Coordinated activities between a group of businesses within a precinct.

For example:

  • Partnering to host a night market or event.

Contact us to speak to a City of Melville staff member about your project idea. A staff member is available to provide advice on curating performance or ideas for activation projects.

 Selection Criteria

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Activate or enhance our neighbourhood places at night.
  • Show potential for activation beyond the life of the grant funded activity.
  • Are new ideas, or build on an existing model.
  • Have a clear and well thought out budget.
  • Have a clear and well thought out project plan.
  • Demonstrate the applicant’s ability to undertake the project

Eligibility and Conditions

  • Small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and creative professionals are eligible to apply.
  • Projects must be new initiatives.
  • Projects must be in the City of Melville.
  • Wages will not be funded.
  • Maximum total funding per applicant is $5,000.
  • Quotes are required for items over $500, two quotes are required for quotes over $2,000.
  • There can only be one applicant per project.
  • Grant recipients are required to acquit the grant and report on activities by March 2022, with the inclusion of receipts for all expenditure, photos of your project, and a short report.
  • Projects may require permits, however some trading permits can be waived for the duration of the project. Please contact us  to discuss what is required for your idea.
  • If fees for a permit are required for your project, this can be included in the budget.
  • Capital equipment requires matched funding (e.g. sound equipment purchase, sound proofing, hanging rails).

Grant Timeline

  • Applications open: Thursday, 15 April 2021
  • Applications close: Sunday, 16 May 2021 
  • Successful applicants are announced: Tuesday, 1 June 2021
  • Recipients receive payment: Wednesday, 30 June 2021
  • Grant acquittals due: Thursday, 30 June 2022

Apply for a Night Time Activation Grant

Grant applications can be made online from Thursday, 15 April 2021. To make an application, go to   


My project includes amplified music, what do I need to think about?
  • Because there are regulations that dictate how much noise we can make, we encourage you to get in contact to talk through your idea.  Smaller performers like singer/guitarists and duos are likely to be fine, whereas full amplified bands and DJs might exceed the decibel limit, and would need to be in specific locations or in venues with great sound proofing.
My project is going to need a permit with fees, can I include this in the grant application?
  • Yes, include this as a line item in your budget on the Smarty Grants application form.
I want to create an alfresco area as a trial, do I have to pay fees?
  • For the duration of your funded project, the City will waive alfresco fees.
I don’t usually serve food in my business but my project idea involves a night time food service. Can I apply?
  • We encourage you to get in contact  with our environmental health team to find out if your project will require a food license or a change to your food license.
I want to transform my store into a ‘Paint and Wine’ venue at night. Can I get a liquor license?
  • Liquor licenses are administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.  View their website for information, and you are able to include the liquor license fees in your application.
Why does the City of Melville want to increase night time activation?
  • We hear through engagement with our community that people want a range of local community services, events and cultural activities throughout the year for people to get to know one another and do things together.
  • Active streets are perceived as safer streets.  Designing Out Crime principles define 'activity generators’ as activities or facilities that attract people, create normal activities and increase casual surveillance within a space.  The purpose of activity generators or visitor attractions is to add eyes on the street; to make places more secure by populating them.  This reduces opportunities for criminal activities and increases the perception of safety. For more information about Designing Out Crime principles, see the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage webpage. 

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