A NEW grant program to help Frankston businesses stay open late will be established next year.
Frankston Council has agreed to put $120,000 of ratepayer money into the Invest Frankston After Dark Activation grant program.
Frankston councillor Nathan Conroy said that council hoped the program would help Frankston emerge from the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Invest Frankston After Dark Activation Grant is a new grant program aimed to support Frankston City’s transformation into a vibrant, diverse, inclusive and safe destination after dark,” Cr Conroy said.
“A thriving and dynamic night-time offering comprises a range of experiences including dining, performances, live music, events, shopping, nightclubs, twilight markets, sporting events and delivered by a range of diverse businesses and community groups. In turn, this attracts visitors and entrepreneurs, creates jobs and drives economic development.
“With a funding pool of $120,000, matched-fund grants of up-to $30,000 will be available to financially assist local businesses, creative agencies, community groups and entrepreneurs build a vibrant night time economy by developing new and interesting experiences and destinations that encourage a good night out’ in Frankston’s City centre.”
Applications for Invest Frankston After Dark Activation Grants open July 2022.