Grants and Sponsorships: Council's Community Investment Funding

Helping community organisations, businesses, individuals and sole traders connect with and apply for grants and funding.

This work is guided by the Council and Wellbeing PlanCommunity Vision and our Community Investment Funding Policy.

Grants and Sponsorships - now open for applications

To discuss your project ideas, contact the Program Manager listed on the relevant grant information page, available from the 'Open and Upcoming Grants' window below.  

Alternatively, contact the Shire's Grants Engagement Officer at

For queries about SmartyGrants, contact the Grants Administration team at

Funding Finder

The Shire hosts Funding Finder to assist community groups/organisations and businesses to search for funding external to Council's Community Investment Funding.  It is a free service, all you need to do is register.

Sponsorship 2023/24

Sponsorship funds are aimed at public promotion of Mornington Peninsula Shire, its agencies or programs as opposed to material contribution towards the staging of an event.  This funding program is highly competitive and applicants must ensure the Sponsorship Guidelines(PDF, 561KB)  are understood before applying.

The scope of the program does not include the receiving of sponsorship requests for infrastructure or naming rights on infrastructure.  

Apply Here


Value of Sponsorship



Theme 1

A healthy, natural environment and well-planned townships

Bronze Sponsorship up to $5,000 (option of 3 year period)


Silver Sponsorship up to $20,000 (option of 3 year period)


Gold Sponsorship up to $35,000 (option of 3 year period)


Platinum Sponsorship up to $50,000 (option of 3 year period)







13 July 2023







30 April 2024 (unless funds are exhausted earlier)



Theme 2

A robust, innovative and diverse economy

Theme 3

A flourishing, healthy and connected community

2023/24 information on subsidies supported by Council

The Shire subsidises a number of community groups and organisations to support the delivery of essential services, community programs, life-saving, community transport, legal services and other initiatives.

Recipients of subsidies were invited to apply when subsidies opened on 13 July 2023 and closed on 7 September 2023.

Council's Community Investment Funding supports the following community groups and organisations to deliver these services.

Community Partnerships, Services and Programs Subsidy

  • Bunurong Land Council $100,000
  • Friends of Los Palos $9,000


 Community Houses  Subsidy Allocated
  • Balnarring Community Hub
  • Crib Point Community House
  • Benton Square Community Centre
  • Dromana Community House
  • Good Shepherd Wallaroo Community House
  • Hastings Community House
  • Mornington Community House
  • Mt Martha Community House
  • Mt Eliza Community House
  • Rye Community House
  • Seawinds Community Hub
  • Somerville Community House
  • Sorrento Community House
  • Willum Warrain Community House
 $20,700 per Community House
  •  Willum Warrain Community Development Coordinator
 Community Support Centres  
  •  Mornington Community Support Centre
  • Southern Peninsula Community Support Centre
  • Western Port Community Support Centre
 $235,764 per Centre
 Senior Citizens Clubs  
  • Australian Croatian Social Club Mornington Peninsula Rye Inc
  • Dromana Senior Citizens Centre Inc
  • Hastings Senior Citizens Club
  • Hellenic Association of MP Aged Care Citizens Club Inc
  • Italian Ethnic Senior Citizens Club of Flinders Inc
  • Italian Seniors Social Club of Dromana
  • Mornington Dutch Australian Seniors Club Inc
  • Mornington Peninsula Italian Club
  • Mornington Senior Citizens Centre
  • Mount Eliza Fifty-Five Plus Club Inc
  • Mount Martha Senior Social Club Inc
  • Rosebud Italian Club
  • Rosebud Over 50s Social Club
  • Rye & Peninsula Greek Women’s Group
  • Somerville Senior Citizens Club
  • Sorrento Portsea Senior Citizens Centre
  • Tootgarook Senior Citizens Centre Inc
 $5,000 per Club
 Toy Libraries  
  • Hastings
  • Mornington
  • Rosebud
 $13,455 per Library


Community Transport and Road Safety Subsidy

Organisation  Subsidy Allocated
  • Fit to Drive Foundation
  • Peninsula Transport Assist


Local Essential Safety Services Subsidy

 Organisation Subsidy Allocated
  • Lifesaving Victoria
 $87,975 (pending)
  • Peninsula Community Legal Services
  • Vinnies Kitchen
  • Western Port Coast Guard


Repower Mornington Peninsula Subsidy

 Organisation Subsidy Allocated
  • Repower Mornington Peninsula


Tourism Business Subsidy

Organisation Subsidy Allocated
  •  Northern Mornington Peninsula Tourism
  •  Sorrento Beachside Visitor Information Centre
  •  Western Port Tourism Inc


Mornington Peninsula Seniors Festival 2023 Subsidy

Organisation  Subsidy Allocated
  • Australian Croatian Social Club Mornington Peninsula Rye Inc.
  •  Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society
  •  Blairgowrie Friends of Mornington Peninsula National Park
  •  Crib Point Community House Inc
  •  Dromana & District Historical Society Inc
  •  Dromana Community House Inc
  •  Dromana Senior Citizens Centre Inc
  •  Hastings Community House Inc
  •  Hastings U3A Inc
  •  Italian Ethnic Senior Citizens Club of Flinders
  •  Mornington Environment Association - Tanti Creek Friends
  •  Mornington Life Activities Club
  •  Mornington Peninsula Italian Club Inc
  •  Mornington Senior Citizens Centre Inc
  •  Mount Eliza Neighbourhood House Inc
  •  Mount Martha Bowls, Pétanque & Social Club Inc
  •  Rosebud Beach Community Bowls Club Inc
  •  Rye Beach Probus Club Inc
  •  Rye Community House Inc
  •  Somerville Community House Inc
  •  Sorrento Beachside Tourism
  •  Sorrento Croquet Club






How to find and apply for grants and funding

Council’s Community Investment Funding is available to community groups/organisations, businesses, sole traders, schools and not-for-profit organisations that seek to build our community’s resilience.  This is achieved through a collaborative partnership with the Shire where our many grants provide the opportunity for empowering our community to lead their own projects/initiatives, that address a local need and/or priority with a recognised community benefit.  The Shire’s grants focus on strengthening performing arts development, taking climate action, enhancing biodiversity, restoring our heritage buildings, making our townships vibrant through arts, culture and history as well as festivals and events.   The Shire is also committed to building the capacity of our volunteers, increasing social connections and creating a sense of belonging through placemaking as well as improving the built and natural environments through our community capital.  Council adopted the current Community Investment Funding Policy on 12 July 2022.  The Policy identifies the principles for our grants program and the 4 year cycle of investment and renewal aligned to our Council and Wellbeing Plan.

As we have limited funding, the Shire also provides a funding finder search engine, free for our community.  This is a one stop shop for community groups/organisations, businesses and schools to search for other funding that is currently open to support their projects/initiatives.  You just need to register to get grant opportunities sent to you with your preferences.  

Further information and documents