Community Support Grants

Grants for non-profit community organisations for general grants to assist with projects which benefit the Mornington Peninsula community. The 2017-18 round of grants will open mid October

Funding objective:  Financial assistance is provided to not for profit community based and managed groups and organisations for the development of diverse and effective programs, projects and activities which assist in promoting the health and wellbeing of people on the Mornington Peninsula.

Maximum funding amount: $5,000

For any enquiries regarding Community Support Grants please contact Becca Smith on 5950 1292

Download: Community Support Grant Guidelines(PDF, 182KB)

Please note: organisations who will apply under an auspice arrangement fill in this Auspicing Agreement Form(DOC, 50KB) and submit the completed form with your application.

Community Support Grants 2016/17 successful applicants

Satellite Foundation – 2016/17 Satellite Champs Program


The 2016/17 Satellite Champs Program is a free after-school support program in Frankston and Mornington Peninsula. Through information, support, and friendships they help children aged 8-12 deal with the isolation and disadvantages of having a parent with a mental illness.

Western Port Community Support Inc – 'The Van'


The Van project aims at supporting the disadvantaged and low income members of the Hastings area. The project is a resource where Hastings residents can have a light meal, conversation and friendship. 

Mentis Assist – Mental Health and Family Violence Forum


A forum at Peninsula Community Theatre will be held for consumers, carers, professionals and public to explore the link between mental health and family violence.

Mornington Toy Library Inc – Mornington Peninsula Toy Libraries Assisting Children with Additional Needs


The Toy Libraries support families with children who have additional needs by providing a range of toys and resources specifically to meet their requirements.

Anglicare Victoria – Family Fun Night: Respectful Relationships


In partnership with Eastbourne Primary School and Seawinds Hub, Anglicare Victoria is running an event to encourage families to engage with the school in a positive way and promote parent/child relationships.

Mornington Men’s Shed – Robotics project


Acquisition of a new technology for projects designed to educate both younger and older local community members.  This is in partnership with Mt Eliza Secondary College.

Girl Guides Association, Mornington Peninsula District – Girl Guides Leadership Development in Youth Mental Health First Aid


This project aims to further develop the capacity of the Girl Guide Leaders who are working with girls across the Mornington Peninsula.

Southern Peninsula Community Support and Information Centre – SPCSIC Food Pantry Redevelopment


Last year SPCSIC established a pantry to provide food to those in need.  The funds will provide the food pantry some structural improvements to make it secure, increase size and better manage stock.

New Peninsula Men's Shed – Friendship Seats For Schools


The funding will be used to design and build Friendship Seats for schools in our community. This will encourage the schools, students and those attending the Men's Shed to get involved with all stages of the project.

Lions Club of Rye (Inc) – Reclink Football - Southern Peninsula Swans Community Football Team


This project is directed towards "at risk" persons from low socio-economic and disadvantaged backgrounds within the Southern Mornington Peninsula through participation in sport and interaction with positive support groups.

Wallara Australia – Seedlings from Sages: Nurtured by people with different abilities


To provide training opportunities in propagation and other aspects of horticulture, for adults with disabilities at Sages Cottage Farm, Baxter.  Items grown will be used in garden-to-plate and healthy eating and cooking programs and sold at Mornington Main Street Market.

Mary's Van Inc. – Purchase of Chest Freezer and Tarpaulin


Mary's Van Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation serving free meals to people facing financial disadvantage in Rosebud.  The project is intended to cover the purchase of a new chest freezer, a heavy duty tarpaulin and more.

Ozchild (Children Australia Inc.) – Rosebud Kinship Carers Support Group


The Kinship Carer Support Group provides support and information monthly to those caring fulltime for non-biological children from their extended family or community network. The program will include 11 monthly sessions comprising a mixture of personal support and sharing activities.

St John Ambulance Australia (Victoria) Inc. – St John 'First Aid in Schools' program


The program teaches primary school children the basics in first aid and how to safely and adequately respond in an emergency. 

Seawinds Community Hub – 'Rosebud Ripple' Community Newspaper


‘Rosebud Ripple’ is a valuable local community newspaper providing community benefit and promoting community strengthening is a key communication channel for news and information about services, programs and activities.

UN Youth Victoria – UN Youth Victoria State Conference


State Conference is a four-day event running Labour Day weekend 2017, where 150 students in years 10-12 come together at Lord Somers Camp to learn about international relations, improve their speaking, debating and diplomacy skills and make friends. 

Bentons Square Community Centre – Community Courtyard and Garden


Renovate existing exterior courtyard and garden area of Bentons Square Community Centre, enabling user-friendly access to those at the centre.

Hands on Health Australia (Rosebud Clinic) – Electronic Data Storage for Chiropractic Clients on low incomes


The organisation provides free/low cost medical services to the disadvantaged and homeless members of the Rosebud community. The funding will be used to purchase technology to help with the services they provide.

Singing for Wellness (Auspiced by Brotherhood of St Laurence)


The program works to enhance recovery and provide companionship to people on the Southern Peninsula with communication difficulties. It facilitates connection through music to provide emotional support.

Safety Beach - Dromana Men' Shed Inc


Funds are sought for the Safety Beach - Dromana Men's Shed to connect a telephone line to its new shed.

Southern Peninsula Little Athletics Centre Inc. – Jump Runway Surfacing


Construction of long jump and triple jump runways at Truemans Road Recreation Reserve. 

Attitude Books Foundation Inc. – Attitude Books Project and Can Do Kids event


To supply life-skills and resilience-building books to 900 vulnerable Grade 3 students on the peninsula.

General conditions

Non-profit organisations

Our grants programs are only available to non-profit organisations (i.e. we will not fund individuals or for-profit organisations). If the applicant has no legal status, an agency/group that does have legal status (non-profit) can be asked to auspice the project and hold any grant monies on behalf of the applicant. If the organisation is a non profit community group which is not an incorporated association, that group can seek out an ‘auspicing organisation’ that does have incorporation or other appropriate legal status. At all times, we will work with community groups to ensure that this condition is not a barrier to eligibility.  

Funding constraints

Please think about and carefully plan your funding request and budget.

Each year we receive significantly more eligible submissions for funding than the amount that is available.

Applicants may not be granted the level of funding requested as it is our intention to ensure that the funds available assist as many eligible groups as possible. It is expected that the demand for the larger grants will be high and therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to consider application for grants of smaller amounts where this will adequately meet the project needs.