Grants - FAQs and Resources
The Shire provides community funding (through grants) to support our community.
We also offer Funding Finder which provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities available to local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and individuals. Learn how Funding Finder works for you(PDF, 234KB) - to help you source funding for your project. Register on Funding Finder to stay up to date on the latest opportunities.
Watch the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Grants video overview to learn more about the grants, including how to apply, the assessment process and more.
Watch also: Alternative Funding Sources and Grant Writing Tips.
Investing in our community
Community funding is an investment in our Peninsula to build capacity and encourage community led initiatives or partnerships that deliver the Shire’s strategic objectives and benefit the community.
The Shire's grants program is developed in line with the Community Investment Funding Policy(PDF, 770KB) which outlines the ways the Shire create and review its Community Investment Funding (Grants) Programs.
Whilst the Policy outlines robust mandatory processes, it allows for flexible and proportionate implementation of these to best deliver the purpose and outcomes of each Funding Program.
Choose the best funding stream for your project / purpose
- Funding Finder provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities available to local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and individuals. All Mornington Peninsula Shire Community Investment Funding programs are also available via Funding Finder once open for applications, making Funding Finder your one stop shop for accessing grants and funding. Grants open, close and are updated regularly. You don’t need to keep coming back to search: we’ll email you when grants are new or change. Simply Register on Funding Finder to stay up to date on the latest opportunities.
- Community Placemaking Grants projects aim to strengthen townships across the Mornington Peninsula Shire by enhancing both our social and built environments at the local level. Placemaking engages the local community to be proactive in identifying positive ways to implement projects that contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of the community.
- Community Support Grants provide financial assistance to not for profit community based and managed groups and organisations for the development of diverse and effective programs, projects and activities which assist in promoting the health and wellbeing of people on the Mornington Peninsula.
- Creative Community Grants provide an opportunity for groups to express themselves in diverse and unique ways, while connecting with others. Mornington Peninsula Shire recognises that investment in its creative community contributes to building stronger and more vibrant places and spaces to work, live, and visit through increasing participation and access to creative endeavour.
- Flexi Grants is a program that provides the opportunity for community groups who may need a small helping hand to get new projects off the ground, purchase small equipment items, train volunteers or host a small community activity.
- Heritage Grants assist owners of heritage properties to carry out conservation projects. Eligible properties must be covered by an individual Heritage Overlay, or that are significant or contributory to heritage precincts, under the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.
- Youth Encouragement Grants provide financial assistance for individuals competing at elite levels, as part of an affiliated state or national event or international activity/event.
All applications must be submitted online via SmartyGrants.
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).