Four new grants open today!

Published on 07 February 2022

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We are excited to open four grants today:

  1. Accessible Business Improvements Grant (closes 11 March at 5pm)

Local businesses can receive up to $5000 to make improvements to increase the accessibility of their business for people with disabilities.

The types of proposals we can fund include:

  • Completing an access appraisal of your business or organisation to help improve physical access
  • Developing communication options for people with complex needs including those whose first language is not English
  • Deliver access and inclusion awareness training to staff or members
  • Providing information in different formats (e.g. large print, audio or electronic formats).
  1. Biolinks Support Grant (closes 11 March at 5pm)

A biolink, also known as a habitat corridor, links separate habitat patches to support biodiversity. Funding up to $10,000 is available to support biolink projects. We are seeking applications for projects that work toward resilient local wildlife through habitat corridors on private and/or public land.  
The types of proposals we can fund include:

  • Reducing fragmentation by improving and ultimately connecting habitat patches that have been subdivided, reduced and/or isolated
  • Providing habitat for wildlife that can persist in narrow corridors, or use them for foraging, breeding or sheltering
  • Providing pathways for individual animals to move between patches
  • Facilitating genetic exchange between populations in isolated habitat patches, therefore reducing their risk of local extinction
  • Enabling recolonisation of patches where species are locally extinct
  • Enabling species to disperse to areas with more suitable climatic conditions in the face of climate change.
  1. Climate Action Grant (closes 18 March at 5pm)

The Climate Action Grants program funds small businesses, not-for-profit community groups, charities, schools, business associations and social enterprises on the Mornington Peninsula working on innovative projects that help us reach our climate emergency goals, including net zero emissions by 2040.
The program offers grants of $1000 – $5000 for smaller projects and up to $10,000 for larger projects.
The types of proposals we can fund include:

  • Reducing your business/school/organisation’s carbon emissions through increased carbon storage and reduced energy usage
  • Initiatives to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill at your business/school/community organisation
  • Developing an education program that encourages behaviour change, such as sustainable travel
  • Building the capacity of community organisations to ensure more effective climate action.
  • And many more climate action initiatives – see grant guidelines for details. 
  1. Community placemaking (closes 25 March at 5pm) 

Placemaking in our communities is where community groups/organisation lead a project, program or activity, working collaboratively with the Shire and other partners for the benefit of the community. Funding of up to $10,000 is available.
The types of proposals we can fund include:

  • Increasing opportunities for social connections, inclusion and engagement
  • Strengthening the capacity of volunteering
  • Contributions to making our townships vibrant
  • Contributions to making our facilities, amenities and natural environment accessible
  • Building resilience by strengthening all demographics of our community
  • Enhancing sustainability and/or will not have a negative impact on the built and natural environment
  • Bringing together a collaborative partnership
  • Supporting broad community benefits in more than one township.

To find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, go to

Funding Finder
Find a full list of all funding opportunities provided by State and Federal Governments and philanthropic organisations all in one place, including COVID-19 funding support at
Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
“We currently have so many opportunities for funding available. I encourage you to read the program guidelines and apply if you have an eligible project.
“And don’t forget to check Funding Finder regularly for all funding opportunities available to you.”


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