Accommodating big ideas

Applications are now open for the City of Sydney's latest round of accommodation grants.

The accommodation grants program allows non-profit community organisations to apply for partial or fully subsidised rent. It is one of the City's 19 grants and sponsorships programs, and is worth more than $2.6 million each year in revenue foregone.

Opening up underused real estate gives community groups space they couldn't otherwise afford and helps make our city more liveable, inclusive and creative.

More than 60 non-profit organisations have already turned empty properties into spaces for artist cooperatives, education programs and childcare services.

We are opening up new spaces. For example, three historic viaducts in Glebe's Jubilee Park could soon be home to musicians, sporting clubs or creative collectives.

Opening onto the picturesque foreshore park at the end of Glebe Point Road, the heritage-listed viaducts each measure 85 square metres.

Other spaces open for applications include:

  • Benledi House, Glebe - a single 32 sqm office space suitable for social or educational uses such as community services, workshops or social groups.
  • Erskineville Town Hall - two recently renovated spaces are available, including a 69 sqm office with six workstations and reception desk, and a 42 sqm workspace with reception area, leading into an office.
  • 247-257 Bulwara Road, Ultimo - a large open studio on the first floor including a small office, kitchen and bathroom area.

Site inspections will be held at each of the properties throughout July, with spaces ready for occupation in early 2014.

Current recipients of accommodation grants include:

  • 107 Projects, Redfern - an artist cooperative run by a group of successful local fringe art galleries that use the space for film nights, poetry readings, performances, artist studios, rehearsals and workshops.
  • Beehive Industries, East Sydney - a group that offers support, companionship and other essential services to elderly people and members of the local community living with a disability.
  • PRIDE History Group, Glebe - a community history group committed to preserving and sharing the stories of Australia's gay and lesbian communities through books, talks and exhibitions.
  • Wrap with Love, Rosebery - a volunteer knitting collective that has donated more than 300,000 wraps to people suffering from extreme cold in over 20 countries.

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