Community Grant Program

1. Community Grants

Grants are available to local voluntary non-profit groups across a range of grant streams. 

We are committed to working in partnership with our community stakeholders to nurture and develop a strong sense of community. We recognise the importance of grant programs and the role in supporting community, often as we are the only available funding source for local projects. 

Applicants will need to choose the best grant stream that suits their project ideas:

  • Placemaking Grants
  • Community Support Grants
  • Creative Communities Grants
  • Flexi Grants

The funding objective, overall program funding available, limits and assessment criteria by which each application will be assessed is specified in the Guide to Applicants in each grant stream.

Please note: organisations who will apply under an auspice arrangement fill in this Auspicing Agreement Form(DOC, 50KB)  and submit the completed form with your application.

Planning – identifying the need for projects or a program

Why do a project? Who will do it? Who will benefit? Would a project achieve something for the group, new learning or new skills? Is the activity available elsewhere on the peninsula and have you inquired how the project worked for them?  Are there new partnerships to be developed?  

Scope the project; what, why, with whom, when, where and what the public outcome will be.  Ensure there is a full commitment to the project idea from members of the committee.


  • Ensure the project is aligned to your organisational goals and Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Council Plan and/or other strategies;
  • Regularly agenda ‘Grant Finding’ for discussion at meetings;
  • Create roles for sourcing funds e.g. establish a funding/fundraising sub-committee with the ability to complete Grant Application Forms;
  • Become familiar with funding guidelines and eligibility;
  • Understand minimum and maximum amounts available;
  • Seek other co-contributions for your project/program through State and Federal Governments as well as philanthropic organisations;
  • Understand the requirements of each question in an application, be clear about the project, how you will evaluate its success, what marketing skills you might need and understand obligations and acquittal requirements;
  • Maintain good financial accounts, obtain quotes and realistic estimates of costs; and
  • Give some consideration to developing partnerships and relationships with similar organisations at a few months before the grant round opens.


2. Community Placemaking Grants

Our Community Placemaking Grants program aims to encourage community led initiatives that support our strategic goals, by enhancing public places and spaces and building healthy and connected communities. For more information go to Community Placemaking Grants

3. Community Support Grants

Non-profit community organisations are invited to apply for general grants to assist with projects which benefit the Mornington Peninsula community. For more information go to  Community Support Grants

4. Creative Communities Grants

Community groups interested in initiating arts and cultural activities and programs with public outcomes are invited to apply for seeding funding. For more information go to Creative Community Grants

5. Flexi Grants – open all year

Flexi grants is a program that recognises that some community groups just need a small helping hand to get new projects off the ground, purchase small equipment (not office related) or host a small community activity. For more information go to Flexi Grants

6. Applying for a grant

All grant applications must be submitted online via the SmartyGrants website

This is the preferred method of application however if there are compelling reasons this process cannot be used, please call Nadine Hudson on 5950 1425 for assistance. A help guide is provided to assist you to make an online application SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants(PDF, 1MB).

Priority will be given to projects which focus on strengthening local involvement and reflect the objectives of our  Strategic Plan or Health & Wellbeing Plan and Arts & Culture Strategy


7. Other grant programs

Some additional information about other grant programs where funding can be sought, here is a list of helpful links: