Performing Arts Fund

Status Open - the Performing Arts Fund will remain open until all funds are expended.
CLOSED - all funds have been expended for the FY2022-2023.  
Assessment Deadlines

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

Round 4 Assessment 

  • Stage Two applications to be completed by midnight Friday 24 February 2023*, with assessment commencing in March (with 12 months to deliver works)

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

Aims / Outcomes
  • Support artists and organisations in the exploration and creation of innovative new performance-based work
  • Support capacity building, mentoring, career pathways and collaboration opportunities in the performing arts sector and building broader cross-sector relationships
  • Assist artists and artworkers to build sustainable professional practices and contribute to employment outcomes in the cultural sector
  • Support arts and cultural organisations in the planning, development and delivery of performing arts outcomes, and rethinking strategies and business models
  • Support business partnerships and increase opportunities for co-investment from private sector sources
  • Increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation within programming, new works, organisational workforce and leadership
  • Support innovative approaches to audience development, digital technology, marketing and commercial opportunities for performing arts
  • Address barriers and increase engagement across key diversity areas (including disability, gender, LGBTIQ+, age and cultural diversity) in arts practice
  • Support the delivery of tour-ready performances, engagement and education activities to develop new audiences and contribute to the diversity of performing arts products available to the community
  • Support resilience, sustainability and recovery of the Mornington Peninsula through performing arts practice
Grant guidelines Download the guidelines(PDF, 402KB)

There is no upper limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for via this program, however, the level of assistance available is limited by Council’s budget allocation and its priorities. No applicant can be guaranteed funding, nor can any applicant be guaranteed to receive the full requested amount; however officers will assist applicants to ensure that the funding request is commensurate to project viability.



Stage One

  • EOI is submitted and assessed by Officers • An eligibility and finance check is conducted
  • EOI submissions will be assessed and applicants notified by email within 10 working days whether their proposal will progress to full application
  • Successful applicants will be invited to complete Stage Two application
  • Unsuccessful applicants are notified that they will not proceed to Stage Two

Stage Two

  • Applicants complete application, addressing additional criteria
  • Applications are progressed to an Assessment Panel. Panel meets on prescribed bi-monthly dates
  • If application is received within 10 working days prior to next prescribed date, application will be deferred to next available date
  • Applicants may be requested to provide additional supporting information to assist with the assessment of their application
  • The Assessment Panel will evaluate and score applications for compliance with the criteria of the program
  • Applicants may be requested to meet with the panel to discuss their application in further detail
  • A decision will be made by the panel and officers via delegated authority


Minimum eligibility requirements to be considered for funding:

  • Applicants must be based within the Mornington Peninsula Shire Local Government Area.
  • Program is open to creative and cultural sector incorporated not-for-profit community groups/organisations, commercial creative and cultural sector organisations and individuals (for the purpose of this grant referred to as ‘artist’) registered as a sole trader.
  • Non-for-profit group applicants without incorporation or Sole Trader 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 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.
  • ABN status must be provided. Applicants without an ABN must submit an Australian Tax Office Statement by a Supplier Form with their application.
  • The applicant must have a current and adequate level of public liability insurance relevant to the project.
  • Only one application per organisation can be accepted to a maximum of 2 funding programs in a financial year.



  • 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 project, expenditure and outcomes
    • The report must include copies of media articles, collateral and/or evidence of attribution to Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Performing Arts Fund
    • The report must include project outcomes, variations, learnings and final budget
    • Applicants will be notified via email when the acquittal form is available via SmartyGrants
    • Applicants will receive a reminder email prior to the acquittal due date