Community Placemaking Grants


Community Placemaking Grants

The Placemaking Grant Program opens on  Wednesday 15 February and closes on Wednesday 29 March at 5pm 2017 .

Community Placemaking Grants aim to strengthen townships across the Mornington Peninsula Shire by culturally enhancing our social and built environments at the local level.  Placemaking engages the local community to be proactive in identifying positive ways to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.  This happens in a number of ways including:

  • Improving the physical environment in the local area
  • Establishing social connections that create a sense of belonging
  • Enriching places with arts and culture as well as
  • Building the community’s capacity through developing and learning new skills. 

It is the people, places and spaces that make the Mornington Peninsula a great place to live.  The Community Placemaking Grants program aims to support community led initiatives that align to Council’s strategic goals, specifically:

  • Enhancing public places and spaces
  • Improving Community Facilities and
  • Healthy and connected communities

Placemaking involves working in partnership with Council, residents, community groups and organisations as well as businesses and community agencies.  Together we are able to build upon the local community’s assets, identify the community’s aspirations and needs so we can create a place that fosters people’s health and wellbeing.

To be successful in receiving a Placemaking Grant your project needs to demonstrate community collaboration, partnership capacity and have significant community benefit/s.

Download: Placemaking Grant Guidelines.pdf (43KB)

The Placemaking Grant Program open on Wednesday 15 February 2017 and close on Wednesday 29 March at 5pm 2017 .

2.Applying for a grant

The Placemaking Grant Application is an online process managed through the Smartygrants system for a streamlined application process.  This is the preferred method of application however if there are compelling reasons this process cannot be used please contact:

Tricia Folvig, Senior Social Planner, Place Facilitation and Community Development on Phone: 5950 1686 Email: or alternatively contact Social Planning and Community Development Administration on Phone:  5950 1686 to arrange for an alternative method of submitting an application. 

A help guide is provided below to assist applicants to make an online application.

For all grants, priority will be given to projects that have a strong focus on benefiting the community and reflect the goals of the Shire's Strategic Plan and/or the values of the Municipal Health & Wellbeing Plan and the Disability Action Plan  and the  Arts & Culture Strategy.

Follow this link to apply for Shire Grants

You can also download the SmartyGrants_Help_Guide_for_Applicants.pdf

Please note:  organisations who will apply under an auspice arrangement need to complete this Auspicing_Agreement_Form .pdf (41KB) and submit the completed form with your application.

3.General conditions.

Non-profit organisations

The Shire’s Placemaking grants are only available to non-profit organisations (i.e. Shire 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 community group which is not an incorporated association, that group can seek an ‘auspicing organisation’ that is incorporated or has other appropriate legal status.  At all times, officers will work with community groups to ensure that this condition is not a barrier to eligibility and/or funding success.

Funding Constraints

Each year the Shire receives 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 Shire’s 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 an application for grants of smaller amounts where this will adequately meet the project needs.