Council endorses $2m COVID-19 Grants program

Published on 13 September 2021


The many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have continued throughout 2021 and our residents have now faced more than 200 days in lockdown resulting in ongoing financial stress and impacts on wellbeing.   
As part of Council’s $10 million recovery package adopted earlier this year, over $2 million has now been allocated to a COVID-19 Recovery Grant program to provide direct financial support to those who have been most impacted by the ongoing lockdowns and restrictions.   
The grants will launch from next month and eligible businesses, community groups, creatives (individuals and organisations), not for profits and environmental groups are encouraged to apply. 
The grants and opening and closing dates are:

Grant Program

Open date

Close date

Events and Festivals Grants:
Homegrown Events(new and existing)
Mornington Peninsula Arts Festival
Outdoor Dining Activation
Event Partnership Fund

4 October 2021

5 November 2021

Business and Economy Grants:
Online Initiatives
New Business Support
Tourism Marketing and Membership Subsidy

4 October 2021

5 November 2021

Creative Community Grant

4 October 2021

5 November 2021

Community Placemaking Grant

7 February 2022

25 March 2022

Community Support Grant

4 October 2021

5 November 2021

Climate Action Grant

7 February 2022

11 March 2022

Biolinks Support Grant

7 February 2022

11 March 2022

Business and Economy Grants:
Revitalisation Initiatives
Business Continuity Planning and Expansion
Accessible Business Improvements


21 March 2022
25 October 2021

7 February 2022


22 April 2022
26 November 2021
11 March 

The brand new Local Economy Booster vouchers aim to stimulate local visitation and spend though a reimbursement program for accommodation and attractions in our Shire during off peak-season. The initiative will be available to Mornington Peninsula residents 18+ only and can be used for paid tours and tourism experiences, entry fees to attractions and eligible paid accommodation.

Local Economy Booster vouchers

Registrations open

Eligible period

Claim period and cut off


11 October

23 October – 23 December

10 – 21 January


19 April

26 April – 31 May

6 – 17 June

Local Economy Booster vouchers dates are subject to change dependent on State Government COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns. 
The Shire will focus on strengthening our partnership approach with local community service providers to expand intervention programs through a negotiated funding program, called Community Service Providers Grant.
We know we need to support employment, mental health, family violence and our youth during this crisis and partnering with expert providers will achieve the best outcomes in these areas.
The Shire has also committed to helping local sporting and recreation clubs through the development and allocation of a $100,000 program providing support during both summer and winter seasons.
Comments attributed to Mayor Despi O’Connor: 
“Council is seriously committed to helping our community recover from COVID-19. These grants are just one of the many things we are doing to make a real difference. Grants information sessions and assistance will be provided to ensure everyone is well supported throughout the application process.
“We have expanded some current programs, created brand new programs and also extended eligibility criteria to ensure great community impact. We have also tightened our internal processing times so we can deliver grants quickly as we work towards a recovered and revitalised Peninsula.
“Our Funding Finder website gives an overview of all funding and grant opportunities available to you from State and Federal Governments, philanthropic organisations and the Mornington Peninsula Shire.”
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