Community Events Grant

Opening Date 13 July 2023
Closing Date 4 June 2024 unless funds are exhausted earlier
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

 

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 and complies with the Shire's Single Use Plastics Policy Phasing out single-use plastics - Mornington Peninsula Shire (mornpen.vic.gov.au)

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 to program 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. 

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.