Shire awards over $250,000 in grants to local community groups

Published on 31 October 2018


Shire awards over $250,000 in grants to local community groups and creatives

Mornington Peninsula Shire has awarded more than $250,000 to community groups and creative projects in its 2018-19 Community Support, Community Placemaking and Creative Communities Grant programs.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said “the Shire is delighted to offer help and assistance to these projects and community groups that will better our local communities”.

Community Support Grants assist not-for-profit community groups to develop diverse and effective activities promoting the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Community Placemaking Grants projects aim to strengthen townships across the Peninsula by enhancing both our social and built environments at the local level.

Creative Community Grants support the initiation, development and delivery of art projects nurturing a sense of place and identity.

The grants program is one of the many ways the Shire enters into partnerships with community organisations to support community strengthening activities and creative engagement programs.

To view the full list of grant recipients, visit

Some of the successful grant recipients include:


Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association Incorporation - Young Blood

A two-day youth summit Young Blood at Willum Warrain targeting Aboriginal secondary school students, to build shared identity, instil pride in culture and create future leaders. The focus will be on youth leadership. There will also be a presentation from the Bunurong Land Council on their history and connection to the land and waters of the Mornington Peninsula, presentations from inspiring Indigenous speakers and workshops run by Aboriginal facilitators.

Sorrento Primary – School Boxes on the Move       
For students to build six to eight mobile planter boxes for the children's garden at the newly established Blairgowrie Community Garden. The school will also make links with the newly formed Point Nepean Men's Shed and work with families within the school community to make the boxes. This project will encourage students and families to participate in a sustainability project that assists the broader community.             

Peninsula Prostate Cancer Support Group Inc. - Prostate Cancer Awareness
Produce and distribute pamphlets promoting the group and its purposes to:

  • Medical Centres
  • Relevant specialists
  • Hospitals.

 Pamphlets and additional information regarding screening and early detection will also be distributed to:

  • Community and Information Centres Men's Sheds
  • Sporting Clubs
  • Other relevant community organisations and to raise awareness of prostate cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment by making presentations to relevant groups in the community.  

Tanti Park Social Enterprises Ltd. - HomeGround Social Enterprise Youth Hospitality Traineeship Semester 2, 2018   
This project is part of the social enterprise HomeGround café in Mornington Park. HomeGround is working with local small business (Commonfolk Coffee Company) and local youth support organisations (Fusion and Brotherhood of Saint Laurence) to create a meaningful pathway into vocational training and employment for young people who are disadvantaged and at risk..         

Western Port Community Support Inc. - Education Assistance Program        
To ensure children from low income, marginalised families in the Western Port region have access to basic education necessities such as: uniforms and school shoes; textbooks; stationary and technology items. The grant will also provide contributions to school fees and offer advocacy to help establish payment plans for families to pay off their fees incrementally.

Somers Yacht Club Inc. - Access and inclusion for Community Hub
The Somers Yacht Club clubhouse provides a community hub for Somers and surrounds, but access to the clubhouse for the elderly and for persons with a disability is difficult or impossible.  The club has, from its own resources, installed a lift to provide internal access to the main clubhouse area. However, access from the lower carpark to the building remains unformed gravel.   This grant will provide non-ambulatory access from the lower carpark to the building entrance.

Hastings Community House Inc - Soup in Schools
The Soup in Schools program has operated every week during school terms since June 2016 and served over 280 individual servings of soup per week to two local schools as well as two sessions per week in the local community. The grant will enable the project to provide a reliable, nutritious lunch meal to over 560 children each week.  

Crib Point Community Garden Inc. - Environmentally sustainable water supply
To expand the productive area of the garden by installing a 4,000-litre slimline rainwater tank to provide irrigation security. The addition of two long garden beds will expand productive capacity, enabling an increase in donations of fresh produce.  Currently this section of the garden has been undeveloped due to limited access to water supply which is delivered from a single town water supply tap. The installation of a rainwater tank will provide an environmentally sustainable solution to enable this area to be converted into a productive garden.

Safety Beach - Dromana Men's Shed Inc       
Replace and upgrade the building’s security system, which was destroyed during a robbery earlier this year.       

View the full listing of Community Support Grants recipients here. 


Balnarring and District Historical Society Incorporated (BDHS) - Balnarring Heritage Walk
This project will establish a five-kilometre heritage walk within the Balnarring Village and along established public footpaths in Balnarring, Warrawee and Frankston-Flinders Roads. Fifteen signs will be erected at twelve sites along the walk providing significant local historical information. 

Blairgowrie Community Garden - Build of Stage 2 Blairgowrie Community Garden
Stage 2 will comprise of four raised beds as well as perimeter raised beds with seating. This area will also be mulched with 75mm coverage over exposed asphalt surface.

Main Ridge Bowls and Petanque Club Incorporated - Upgrade to Clubhouse
To improve community facilities by replacing the existing wall heaters and installing lights in the carpark to enhance safety for members and visitors.

Somerville Community House Incorporated  - Annie Sage Community Centre Interactive Garden, Stage 3     
Enhance the outdoor space surrounding the Annie Sage Community Centre and provide safe accessible places to further promote community engagement, enhance learning and improve health outcomes for all members of the community. This grant will support Stage 3 of a four-stage process.

Hastings Community House Inc - Community Kitchen and Art Room Revamp
The revamp of the Community House multipurpose room into a social space and dedicated art room. To upgrade the kitchen to allow for better use, storage of donated reclaimed food and fir the Soup in Schools program to be cooked onsite, saving time, labour and travel.

Somerville Rise Primary School SRPS Community Centre - Hub Floor Project
The Community Centre has fantastic programs for the school, local and wider community. The project has been identified for its value in helping the community to have pride, celebrate learning, friendships, health and for all to have a sense of belonging in a healthy positive space.

Mount Martha House Historical Collection - Audio QR Codes in other languages
Visitors will access the International languages via QR codes, on their iPhone or iPad device.

They will self guide listening to 10 existing stations into/past available rooms. The podcasts will be stored on Mount Martha House web page. Each station will have a three to five minute  recording, by a Narrator proficient in their language. Production of a brochure to inform tourists/visitors about the project in available languages.

Rosebud Chamber of Commerce - Gateway Signage for Rosebud
The design and creation of two unique gateway signs on Point Nepean Road at each end of the township. The signs will be double sided, layered Corten steel (rusted), affixed to old timber posts salvaged from the old Rosebud pier.

View the full listing of Community Placemaking Grants recipients here. 


Seawinds Community Hub - Art for Wellness

A relaxed, friendly, welcoming program designed to build confidence, connection and creative skills.           

Balnarring Pre-school - The Waang Project -No place for rubbish on Boon Wurrung Country
Children will learn the importance of caring for the land/waterways and being responsible for their actions through creating art pieces to highlight their lessons to the community.     

The Buckley Opera Project Committee           
Fully-staged performances of Antony Ransome/Richard Cotter's new opera Buckley, the 1803 Collins Settlement and the escape/adventures of convict William Buckley at Rosebud Memorial Hall in May 2019.            

Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association - Indigenous Dance Performance
Willum Warrain's annual Mornington Peninsula Reconciliation Walk will culminate at the Hastings gathering place with speeches, a smoking ceremony and an exciting Indigenous dance performance.

Mornington Park Primary School - Mornington Community Music Camp 2019
Providing instrumental master-classes through a camp experience ending in a celebration performance. Engaging primary students and involving student leaders from Mornington Secondary College.        

View the full listing of Creative Community Grants recipients here

PHOTO CAPTION: Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper with community members and volunteers launching the Peninsula Compost Challenge earlier this year at the Crib Point Community Garden, which received a Community Support Grant as part of the Shire's 2018/19 Grants program.


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