Provide your thoughts on our Community Investment Funding Policy

Published on 09 June 2022


You’re invited to have your say on Mornington Peninsula Shire’s draft Community Investment Funding Policy.
Council’s community investment funding through grants and subsidies seeks to foster and build community involvement, capacity and strength through volunteering, community programs, projects and partnerships.
The draft Policy focuses on improving transparency, accessibility, equity accountability and value to the community for grants, subsidies, sponsorships or trusts. 
As part of the Policy review, Council is aligning the grants, subsidies and sponsorship funding streams to the three key themes of our Council and Wellbeing Plan 2021 - 2025:

  • Theme One: a healthy natural environment and well-planned townships.
  • Theme Two: a robust innovative and diverse economy.
  • Theme Three: a flourishing healthy and connected community.

There will be a set of program guidelines for each of the three themes – making it easier for applicants to identify appropriate opportunities. All applications will now be lodged online via SmartyGrants. 

We want to work with our community to help you understand these changes.


Community consultation is currently open and closes 29 June 2022.

To view the draft Policy and provide your thoughts visit: 

Hard copy forms are also available at Shire Customer Service Centres.

Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
“We’ve reviewed our draft Community Investment Funding Policy and aligned the grants and subsidies with our Council and Wellbeing Plan.
“We’ve also worked hard to make the application process more transparent, fair and equitable.
“We have reached out to previous grant applicants and look forward to working closely with them and the local community to help understand these improvements.
“The changes will help maximise the use of our community investment funding and forge strong partnerships for the benefit of the broader community.”




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