Community Events Grant

Opening Date 13 July 2022
Closing Date 4 June 2023 or until funds are exhausted
Purpose To enable community participation and celebrations
 Value

Eligible applicants may seek up to $10,000

Please note that the event infrastructure subsidy previously available under the Community Event Fund (Triennial) will not be offered under this grant program. Events that are requiring marquees or access to the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Soundshell are encouraged to include these items in the budget submitted as part of this application. 

Assessment Deadlines

Assessments are undertaken on a monthly basis, against the following deadlines:

  • Applications completed by 15th* of each month, assessment completed within 7 working days

  • If application is received after 15th of the month, assessment will be deferred to next month^

 

*Dates and timings are subject to change at the discretion of Mornington Peninsula Shire

^Program will not continue once funding allocation is fully committed

 Grant guidelines Download the program guidelines - Theme 2: A robust, innovative and diverse economy(PDF, 413KB)

 

Assessment

Applications must align to the Council and Wellbeing Plan Theme 2 and achieve one or more of the priorities below. 

Community Events Priorities

Criteria

 

  1. Local events and festivals that create opportunities for community participation and cultural and social wellbeing
    Events that tell local stories and celebrate the diversity of the Mornington Peninsula’s community
  2. Priorities identified in the Arts and Culture Plan Arts and Culture Plan 2024 - Arts and Culture on the Mornington Peninsula (mornpen.vic.gov.au)
  3. Priorities identified in the Music Plan Music Plan 2025 - Arts and Culture on the Mornington Peninsula (mornpen.vic.gov.au)

 

Council and Wellbeing Plan
Proposed event demonstrates alignment to the Council and Wellbeing Plan Theme 2.

Community Events Grant Priorities

Proposed event will contribute to one or more priorities listed in this table in the left column.

Vibrant Community culture

The degree to which the proposed project/program:

  • participation and celebration of the Mornington Peninsula’s local communities
  • ·offer activities / programming that is innovative, accessible, inclusive and culturally aware
  • increases economic activity and local employment opportunities

Feasibility of the project/program
The event is able to be delivered. This includes event permits, permissions or licenses and involves local businesses and contributes to local employment

Capacity of Applicant

The Applicant has demonstrated event management / production capacity, skills and experience to deliver the event with the involvement of the business community

Budget

Applicant budget for delivery of the project/program is realistic.

Please note that the event infrastructure subsidy previously available under the Community Event Fund (Triennial) will not be offered under this grant program. Events that are requiring marquees or access to the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Soundshell are encouraged to include these items in the budget submitted as part of this application. 

 

Eligibility

Refer eligibility and ineligible on pages 2 and 3 of these guidelines. 

  • Previous applicants can apply, initiatives demonstrating planning towards self-funding will be viewed favourably
  • Submission of an Event Opportunity Form (EOF) and other supporting documentation required. Planning an Event - Mornington Peninsula Shire (mornpen.vic.gov.au)
  • Applications must support planned event activity that is open and advertised to the general public including, but not limited to, festivals, concerts, community and cultural gatherings. Events may be free to attend or ticketed.
  • The applicant must hold a minimum of $20 million public liability insurance relevant to their event application.

 

  1. Eligible organisations include, Incorporated Associations, Not For Profits (NFP), Registered Charities, commercial businesses, Sole Traders and individuals (for this purpose may be an artist or producer) where specified.  There may be required eligibility criteria for a grant program so ensure you refer to the specific grant eligibility.
  2. Organisations are limited to one grant within a financial year, if successful in the application process.  Decisions are based on merit.  Flexi Grants are an exception enabling an organisation to apply for an additional grant to meet a community need.  Flexi Grants will remain open all year, closing mid-June and / or until funds have been expended. 
  3. Applicant organisations must be registered, solvent and have adequate level of public liability insurance relevant to the activity.  (note unincorporated community groups must use an auspice organisation to apply).
  4. If an incorporated organisation is acting as an auspice organisation, it must only support two unincorporated organisations per financial year.
  5. The applicant or auspice organisation must not be in debt and must be compliant with all grants previously awarded by Council.
  6. All projects, programs and activities must take place with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Local Government Area
  7. An applicant school or learning institution may apply only where the project is not curriculum based, or where the activity or benefit is not confined to the learning institution but is for the primary benefit of the wider community
  8. Retrospective funding for activities, programs, projects / events that have already been started or have been completed will not be eligible.

Acquittal

  • Successfully funded projects/programs will receive a Funding Agreement.  Major funding agreements must be signed by all parties.  All projects and programs, unless specifically funded for multiple years, must be completed by the end of the financial year in which they received the funding or in accordance with their funding agreement.
  • Extension for project delays need to be approved by the Program manager for the Grant Program.
  • The Funding Agreement will reference an Acquittal, which must be completed in full by the due date.