Placemaking Grants

Boost your place

Image: Newcastle Beach Tunnel street mural by Trevor Dickinson

City of Newcastle (CN) provides a number of funding opportunities to support initiatives that contribute to the social, cultural, environmental, and economic life of the city.

As a result of the Grants and Sponsorship Review that wrapped up in 2020, all CN funding programs have been reviewed.

Details of future funding opportunities will be available soon.

To search for other funding opportunities that are currently open, try CN Grant Finder.

Successful Boost Your Place Projects

The City of Newcastle allocated funding of $60,000 to support an innovative grant program to help turn community ideas into worthy actions.

The aim of the Boost Your Place - Placemaking grant was to encourage and support community members to stay socially connected or reconnect, on-line or in real places, considering COVID-19 health advice and physical distancing restrictions.

We received a wonderful variety of Boost Your Place grant applications. The community were able to vote for their favourite ideas and the Placemaking Assessment Panel made their final decisions. Below is a list of successful projects.

Project Title

Project Summary

Circles of Strength

Textile art pieces will be created by members of an open community art support group facilitated weekly by Timeless Textiles. The Group will interpret Stories of Strength as told by the Newcastle East community resulting in a showing of textile art, Circles of Strength, and opportunities for connecting, sharing, creating and learning.


Coming Together for the Mud Crab

This project provides an opportunity to "come and try” paddling on Throsby Creek, Carrington highlighting the benefits of paddling for all and reignite a connection with the local community. The project will bring people together - no matter what age, skill or background, to create friendships and foster wellbeing through the sport of paddling. An artwork, signifying the importance of the mud crab in Throsby Creek to the local Aboriginal community, will enliven the Newy Paddlers storage containers located at Throsby Creek.


Cooks Hill Kids Magazine

A Cooks Hill Magazine for young people comprising Cooks Hill related stories, games, activities and crafts and a ‘treasure hunt’, following hints in the magazine. Complete the Cooks Hill Quiz to win a prize from Darby Street. This project enables locals a fun way to learn and re-connect with their amazing neighbourhood.


Heart Works

A series of comedy workshops and mentoring sessions facilitated by established local and National female comedians for emerging female comedians to enable performance experience and foster a culture of support for all to participate in and build Newcastle’s comedy culture. A curated ticketed performance evening and open mic session will provide a showcase of diverse comedy.


Maryville Community & Throsby Friends – Planet A

Create 'green spots' throughout our suburbs of Maryville and around Throsby Creek to enable residents to compost their green waste, share sustainable activities and create places to meet neighbours for a chat or to simply sit and relax in the open air.

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Merewether Community Garden

A community garden providing passive outdoor recreation for improved mental health and wellbeing and maintaining social connection. The project aims to encourage more residents to attend the garden learning to grow organic food and provide practical information on plant propagation, seed collection, soil improvement, composting and other environmental initiatives.

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Merewether Mural “101”

Nick Fintan professional artist will work with students from Cooks Hill Campus to create a mural transforming the wall of 63 Railway Street Merewether and "Mural 101" resource kit for aspiring artists. The group will install an engaging community artwork reflecting the local area benefitting not only participants, but also residents and the many commuters along busy Glebe Road.


Newy Cross Cultural Connections

Establishing an online forum and workshop sessions where young migrants and non-migrants living in Newcastle can come together with guest speakers to have an inclusive conversation, share their stories on the complexities of cultural transition, cultural identities and living on a foreign land. This project will create a treasure chest of knowledge and help many migrants connect and call Newcastle home.

Newy with Kids Family Scavenger Hunts

Six family scavenger hunts will be created on-line and downloadable for free from the Newy with Kids website or the City of Newcastle app. A fun activity to connect families and help them to explore, learn and solve puzzles about iconic Newcastle locations of Newcastle East, Honeysuckle, Civic Park, Blackbutt Reserve, Stockton Foreshore, Wallsend Brickworks Park and Newcastle Museum.


'Next Thursday at Eight' by the Merry Mellows

An intergenerational project starring the Merry Mellows, a senior women’s community drama group creating new connections. Technical and promotional skills and guidance of the younger generation will be sought for production, sound, lighting, promotion and social media.


Speak Up Stand Up Newcastle!

A wall mural symbolising and celebrating the creative talents of people with a disability. The art piece, curated by professional street artists, will co-designed and co-created by a group of artists from the Community Disability Alliance Hunter reflecting social and support connections and an expectation of inclusion and equity.


Stairway to Wellness

A mural project to be led by young emerging artists from Cooks Hill Campus who will plan, design and paint the mural mentored by professional street artists UP & UP. This community art project promotes wellness and connecting through creativity and collaborative placemaking and will add vibrancy to a tired space.


Stories of Strength

Stories of Strength builds on the sense of community in the inner-city neighbourhood of Newcastle East. Locals will be asked “what is the one thing you learnt about yourself and the Newcastle East neighbourhood during COVID-19 isolation “. Responses will be recorded as videos and shown in an interactive format in Newcastle Mall.


TRANSform Newy

A collaborative approach to build connections with local community and businesses and reduce social isolation amongst Trans and Gender Diverse people. This project will create resources to increase understanding, build resilience and help overcome everyday challenges of daily life.


Voices of Hamilton South

This project will build community connections through telling, sharing and recording stories of resilience, pride and strength of the Hamilton South Housing community, one story at a time. Videos will be transposed into a series of print publications and celebrated with a launch in 2021.


West Community Garden

Connect within the West-End Apartment development and beyond through establishing a community garden and potting-station to encourage participation in composting, propagating, organic garden maintenance, recycling and sustainability activities. This project will create resources and methods for a new generation of interconnected-strata-living apartment communities across Newcastle with resident numbers estimated to reach 2000+ in 2021.


Projects supported by City of Newcastle:

Professional artist, Nick Fintan, worked with students from Cooks Hill Campus to create a mural transforming the wall of 63 Railway Street Merewether and "Mural 101" resource kit for aspiring artists. The group installed an engaging community artwork reflecting the local area benefitting not only participants, but also residents and the many commuters along busy Glebe Road.


View the video pitches

View the video pitches for eligible applications submitted for the Boost Your Place - Placemaking Grant program. There are 16 video pitches and you can watch them in full in two parts.

Short on time? Watch a mashup of the video pitches.