Climate Action Grant

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Closed 06 August 2021, 05:00 PM

Applications are now closed.

Climate Action Grants up to $10,000 are available for community projects that help reach the targets outlined in the Shire’s Climate Emergency Plan.

The key aims of this grant pool are to:

  • Develop partnerships between the Shire and community to deliver emission reductions and work towards net zero emissions by 2040. 
  • Direct resources to ensure a just transition to a zero-carbon economy by supporting disadvantaged groups.
  • Deliver climate-friendly behaviour change in our community.
  • Strengthen community resilience and connectedness and facilitate climate adaptation.
  • Build the capacity of community organisations to ensure more effective climate action.

Grant options:

  1. Small grants: $1,000 to $5,000 will support smaller projects that facilitate community-led climate action involving one or more of the eligible activities.
  2. Large grants: $5,000 to $10,000 will support more ambitious projects that facilitate community-led climate action that involving one or more of the eligible activities and also achieve one or more of the following:
  • Partnership development
  • Long-term impact
  • Engagement of a diverse range of the community
  • Innovative solutions

Download: Climate Action Grant Guidelines(PDF, 197KB)(PDF, 325KB)

For enquiries, email: 

Key Dates

  • Grant applications open: 1 July 2021
  • Grant applications close: 6 August 2021
  • Decision and notifications to applicants: by end of October 2021
  • Project completion and acquittal: November 2022


Applications will be assessed on the following: 

  1. Alignment with funding priorities and likelihood of significant carbon reduction or adaptation
  2. Evidence of community/environmental need
  3. Clearly defined project aims and expected outcomes
  4. Sound methodology & realistic budget
  5. Demonstrated capacity of applicant to deliver project outcome/experience delivering successful similar projects
  6. Appropriate evaluation component included in project design

Financial co-contributions are viewed favourably in assessment of applications but are not mandatory.




All projects and acquittal reports must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.  Large grant applications are required to submit milestone reporting within 6 months after funding. 



All applications must meet the general eligibility criteria listed below:

  • Applications are open to:
  1. Not-for-profit, incorporated community groups, or non-incorporated groups that are auspiced by an incorporated group.  If an incorporated organisation is acting as an auspice organisation, it must only support two unincorporated organisations per financial year. 
  2. Victorian Government public schools and kindergartens
  3. Registered business associations
  4. Registered charities, public benevolent institutions with DGR status 
  5. Businesses or social enterprise businesses with both of the following features:
  • five or less full-time equivalent employees
  • have a registered ABN and an appropriate legal business structure
  • All projects, programs and activities nominated in the application must take place within the Mornington Peninsula Shire Local Government area
  • Only one application per applicant can be accepted. 
  • Provide evidence that landowner permission has been granted (if applicable)
  • The applicant must have an adequate level of public liability insurance relevant to the project
  • The applicant must not be in debt to the Shire and must have acquitted or is compliant with all grants previously awarded by Council