Community Support Grants

Closed 05 November 2021, 05:00 PM

Opening Date Applications open on 4 October, 2021
Aims / Outcomes
  • Increases opportunities for social connection
  • Is a collaborative community project
  • Strengthens the community through learning new skills
  • Supports activities in public places
  • Encourages an active and healthy community

Maximum amount of $5,000 per application.

Grant guidelines Download the Community Support Grants(PDF, 245KB) guidelines 

About this grant

Community Support Grants provide funding to assist with the development of diverse programs/activities and projects that contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of people and our communities across the Mornington Peninsula. Funding up to $5,000 per application is available to not-for-profit community groups and organisations who meet the eligibility criteria


  • A clear community need for the project idea: i.e. the purpose of the activity and intended community benefit/s.
  • Whether there is an opportunity for an alternative funding source for the project and if there is a co-contribution of funding, including in-kind from the applicant or partner organisations.
  • A plan for the activity that lists actions/tasks and timelines for delivery.
  • The capacity of the applicant to undertake and deliver the activity with skills and knowledge of the volunteer group and/or partner organisations.
  • Required approvals have been obtained and are provided with the application (if applicable).
  • A clear, well-balanced budget that identifies both financial co-contribution as well as in-kind co-contribution. Budgets must describe and show the total cost of the activity and list any other additional sources of funds that will contribute to the total costs.
  • Additional consideration will be given to applicants that have a limited capacity to self-fund the activity and demonstrate a genuine need for financial support.


  • Applicants must be based within the Mornington Peninsula Shire Local Government area.
  • Program is open to incorporated not-for-profit community groups and organisations
  • Schools/Learning institutions – 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
  • Non-for-profit group applicants without incorporation status are able to be auspiced by an eligible organisation. An Auspice Agreement must be completed and attached to the application. The organisation that agrees to auspice another group must be involved in the conduct and financial management of the project for which a grant is being sought. An auspice organisation is limited to auspice a maximum of 2 unincorporated groups.
  • All projects, programs and activities nominated in the application must take place within the Mornington Peninsula Shire Local Government area.

For full eligibility please download Community Support Program(PDF, 245KB)  guidelines


  • All projects must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funding.
  • A report and photographs (with consent from individuals in pictures) is required as evidence of the execution of the activity. The report must include project outcomes, variations, learnings and final budget 
  • The report must include copies of media articles, collateral and/or evidence of attribution to Mornington Peninsula Shire Community Support Grant support. 
  • Applicants will be notified via email when the acquittal form is available via SmartyGrants and a reminder email prior to the acquittal due date.