Streets as Shared Spaces grants - applications closed

Applications closed on 10 June 2020.

The Department is delighted to have received an exciting range of projects from Councils across NSW focussed on making our streets and public spaces safer and more attractive during COVID restrictions and into the future. Thank you to all the Councils that have submitted an application. Successful projects will be announced shortly.

Councils were encouraged to apply for Streets as Shared Spaces grants for temporary activation projects to deliver short-term improvements to your local streets, paths or public spaces.

Temporary activation is an approach to neighbourhood building, using short-term methods such as pilots, pop-ups or interim improvements. These projects can help support physical distancing requirements and local business, and build on the local character and improve the attractiveness of centres and public spaces. They can be a quick, low cost method to demonstrate the value of a concept and test future permanent change.

The pilot program will fund a range of improvements to local streets, paths and public spaces, with no project too small. Projects may deliver short-term improvements that:

  • support essential workers to travel to work, and people working from home
  • contribute to NSW economic recovery in our local centres by creating vibrant streets and additional safe space to support local business
  • activate high streets to create better quality public space
  • support physical distancing requirements and encourage safe social connection
  • support our communities well-being and ability to exercise
  • attract people back into public spaces in a safe way, when appropriate to do so.

We’re asking councils to think differently about their public spaces and amenity. Grants are available for a range of improvements to local streets, pavements, plazas, with no project too small.

Guidelines, case studies and commonly asked questions

The Streets as Shared Spaces Fund - guidelines (PDF 3.17MB) explains the range of projects that are encouraged. Examples are also included in the Streets as Shared Spaces - a fund for ideas and interventions (PDF 1MB).

More resources, case studies and commonly asked questions to assist in your application:

How to apply

Application for the Streets as Shared Spaces grants closed on 10 June 2020. Successful projects will be announced within two months of submissions closing.

More information

Sign up to receive updates about Streets as Shared Spaces and great public spaces. For more information about Streets as Shared Spaces grants, contact the Public Spaces team: PublicSpace@planning.nsw.gov.au

Webinar series

We hosted a series of webinars to provide more information about the program. You can watch the recordings below:

Webinar 1

  • An introduction to the streets as Shared Spaces Program (18th May)

Webinar 2

  • Stories from the frontline - a tactical approach to reimagining streets as public spaces (27th May).

Webinar 3

  • The role of business in championing Streets as Shared Spaces (4th June).
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