Community Support Grant




Applications open 13 July 2022
Applications close Eligible applicants may seek up to $5,000 and request funding for a 1 or 2 year period.  This program remains open for the financial year closing 4 June or when funds have been exhausted

To support our community groups and organisations with delivery of the services/programs, activities and initiatives with the Shire


Maximum amount of $5,000 per application.

Grant guidelines Download the program guidelines - Theme 3: A flourishing, healthy and connected community(PDF, 378KB)



Applications must align to the Council and Wellbeing Plan Theme 3 and achieve one or more of the priorities below. 

Community Support Grant Program Priorities


  1. Essential equipment to support delivery of programs/services.
  2. Strengthens the capacity of volunteering on the Mornington Peninsula.
  3. Contributes to the sustainability of community groups.
  4. Social connections that enhance community health and wellbeing.
  5. Programs, activities and initiatives with broad community benefit.

Council and Wellbeing Plan
Proposed project demonstrates alignment to the Council and Wellbeing Plan Theme 3.

Community Support Grant Priorities

Proposed project will contribute to one or more Community Support Grant Program priorities listed in this table in the left column.

Community Partnerships

Proposed project shows community engagement and collaboration with other community partners.

Feasibility of the project
The project is feasible and able to be delivered. This includes permits, landowner permission, Community Capital Infrastructure Proposal Form and/or Public Art Proposal Form completed if required (refer 5.1 onwards below).

Capacity of Applicant

The Applicant has demonstrated capacity, skills and experience including volunteers to deliver the project.


Applicant budget for delivery of the project is realistic and shows volunteer in-kind contribution as well as co-contribution.



Refer to pages 2 and 3 of the guidelines.

  1. Eligible organisations include, Incorporated Associations, Not-for-Profit (NFP), Registered Charities and community groups.  Unincorporated community groups require an auspice organisation.  For individuals (Youth Development), please refer to specific grant funding stream for eligibility.
  2. Organisations are limited to one grant within a financial year, if successful in the application process.  Panel decisions are based on merit.  Flexi Grants are an exception enabling organisations 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 within a 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 and projects that have already started or have been completed will not be eligible.




  • Successfully funded projects/programs will receive a Funding Agreement.  Major Funding Agreements must be signed by all parties.  All projects/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.