Creative Lighting Grant Scheme

Brisbane City Council's City of Lights initiative aims to deliver and encourage creative lighting to highlight our city at night. The City Of Lights Strategy is a guide to direct both Council and privately delivered creative outcomes in streets, on buildings, transport structures, landmarks and natural assets to build a vibrant, exciting multi-dimensional 24-hour city.

As part of that initiative, the Creative Lighting Grant Scheme will assist in funding and producing 'creative lighting outcomes' as part of the City of Lights Strategy 2017, in response to three themes:

  • Lighting for Occasion
  • Lighting for Identity
  • Lighting for Discovery.


Grants may be allocated up to a maximum of $75,000 but not exceeding 50% of the project cost.

As funding is limited, not every eligible application will necessarily receive a grant or the maximum grant requested.


To be considered eligible for a grant:

  • The applicant must be the owner of the property or have the written approval of the property owner to lodge the application.
  • The Site may be a building, structure, facade or natural assets including "protected" vegetation on public and private property. An applicant proposing to undertake work on privately owned trees will be required to confirm that the tree is not a protected asset. If the tree is a protected asset, the applicant will need to seek advice from Council as to whether a permit to undertake the work is required, and it is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain any permits. Works on trees on publicly owned land will require a permit.

Applications for properties located within the map zones identified in the City of Lights Strategy 2017 will be considered more favourably than properties outside of these areas.

The following types of projects are NOT eligible for a Grant:

  • lighting projects costing less than $5,000 (excluding GST) in total
  • routing maintenance work to existing lighting
  • lighting for public safety and/or crime prevention
  • lighting for compliance with building codes/standards
  • lighting non-significant parts of a building (e.g. outcome not viewable from a public place)
  • any other outcome not aligning with Council's City of Lights Strategy 2017.

Application process

Applications for 2019-20 are now closed.

How to apply

  1. Contact Design Brisbane to discuss your application.
  2. Read the terms and conditions prior to preparing your application.

After approval

The Works must be completed within 12 months of the Registration of the Grant.

If the Works are not completed by the Expiration Date, the contract will come to an end and the Registered Grant will be cancelled.

If the Works are unable to be completed by the Expiration Date, the Applicant must submit a written request for extension to the Registered Grant, at least fourteen (14) days prior to the Expiration Date, explaining the reasons for the delay and providing a new completion date for the Works.

It is at Council's absolute discretion whether or not it considers or agrees to an extension.

More information

For more information contact the City of Lights Grants Officer in Design Brisbane by:

  • phoning 07 3403 8888
  • email
Last updated:3 December 2019