COVID-19 Relief (Quick Response) Grants

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Funding up to $2,000 is available to build capacity and resilience of community organisations/groups, creative groups and individual artists through activities or initiatives that respond to the impact of COVID-19.   

This program is designed to be a quick response funding stream and will be open until the funds are expended.  Generally this grant would be applied for when specific needs emerge with such urgency that the applicant is not able to wait for a submission to the COVID-19 Recovery Grant application round, which also allows for a higher value funding allocation per grant application.  

Desired Program Outcomes

  • Strengthened operations or equipment upgrades to deliver services/artistic works in new ways.
  • Projects that prepare people for paid and or voluntary work.
  • To assist compliance with COVID-19 health and safety requirements.
  • Skills development, training workshops for community organisations enabling them to become more sustainable and self-sufficient.
  • Activities/projects that improve artists’ connection with local business and communities.
  • Supporting local artists to deliver events or performances that can generate income.

 Assessment Criteria

  • Demonstrate why funds are needed in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the organisation and/or artist;
  • Expected contribution of the activity to the resilience of the group/artist;
  • Builds and strengthens community connections; and
  • Supports creative responses in recovery.

An Assessment Panel will consider all eligible applications as they are submitted.  Applicants will be advised of the Panel's decision in writing and payment aims to be completed within 3-4 weeks of submission.  Activities must be completed within 3 months of receipt of funding and a full report on outcomes provided back to Council.

Funding is made on the basis of a one-off payment and to ensure funds are available to assist as many eligible groups as possible, only one application per organisation can be accepted. 

To be eligible for consideration for funding, the project/activity must: 

  • Be implemented within the Local Government Area of the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
  • Be completed within 3 months of funding.


  • This program is open to incorporated, not-for-profit community organisations/groups, deductible gift recipient (DGR1) registered organisations, social enterprise and the following creative sector individuals (for the purpose of this grant referred to as ‘artist’), based in the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Local Government area:
    • Performing artists,
    • Visual artists,
    • Musicians,
    • Crafts and creative practitioners.
  • ABN, sole trader registration and incorporation status must be identified in application.  
  • Applicants without an ABN must submit a Statement by a Supplier form from the ATO with this application.
  • Community groups without incorporation status and artists without sole trader registration are able to be auspiced by an eligible organisation. An Auspice Agreement form must be completed and attached to the application.  The organisation that agrees to auspice another group must be involved in the conduct and financial management of the project for which a grant is being sought.  
  • Applicants must have the appropriate type and level of insurance for the activities that are the subject of this grant.
  • Applicants do not owe any money or reports (acquittal) as a result of previous Shire funding or grants.

Refer to the Guidelines(PDF, 156KB) information to understand more about the COVID-19 Relief (Quick Response) Grants Program.

If you have any queries, please contact the Community Grants Officer at or phone 5950 1425.