Community Grant Program

Community Grants are available to local non-profit groups and organisations 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. 

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

2019/2020 Grant Funding - Round 2 opens on 10 February 2020

Funding for Community Placemaking, Community Support and Creative Community Grants in 2019/2020 will be split into two rounds.

  • Round 1 is now closed.
  • Round 2: opens on Monday 10 February 2020 at 9am and closes on Friday 20 March 2020 at 5pm (for project implementation after May 2020)

Ensure you apply in the most appropriate round.

Attend a Grant Information Session:                   Attend a Grant Writing Session (bookings required):
Rosebud Shire Office, 90 Besgrove Street
Wednesday 22 January 2020, 1.30 - 3pm                         

Mornington Shire Office, 2 Queen Street 
Monday 20 January 2020, 10am - 1pm                                       
Hastings Shire Office, 21 Marine Parade
Wednesday 29 January 2020, 10 - 11.30am
  Rosebud Shire Office, 90 Besgrove Street
Thursday 30 January 2020, 1 - 4pm
Mornington Shire Office, 2 Queen Street
Wednesday 5 February 2020, 5.30 - 7pm
  ph. 5950 1425

Flexi Grants and Youth Grants opened on 1 July 2019 and are open all year round until the funds are expended.

All grant applications must be submitted online via SmartyGrants.  If you are not already registered with SmartyGrants, you can pre-register now at

Related documents

Community Grants Program - Guidelines(PDF, 157KB) - provides information on eligibility, applying and assessment.

Community Grants - Streams Overview and Specific Criteria(PDF, 163KB) - provides a breakdown of the Community Grants on offer and related criteria.

Community Grants - Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 374KB) - check the FAQ's for answers to most queries and questions we receive.

Community Grants - Terms and Conditions(PDF, 236KB) - all successful grant applications must agree to the T&C's.

Community Grants - Application Drafting Tool(DOCX, 386KB) - use this form to draft your application responses and share with others in your organization.  This form is not intended to be the application.

Auspicing Agreement Form(PDF, 309KB)  - organisations who will apply under an auspice arrangement need to complete and submit this form with the online application.

SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants(PDF, 1MB) - online applications must be completed via the Apply Now button on each grant page.  This guide will assist applicants with the process.

Important Information

In accordance with the Local Government (General) Regulations 2015, at the commencement of each financial year a list of donations and grants made by the Council in the previous 12 months, including the names of persons who, or bodies which, have received a donation or grant and the amount of each donation or grant will be published on the Shire website (s.12 documents to be made available for public inspection).

For all grants, priority will be given to projects which focus on strengthening local involvement and reflect the objectives of our  Council Plan.

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.