Grants and Sponsorships: Council's Community Investment Funding

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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

To discuss your project ideas, contact the Program Manager listed on the relevant Grants and Sponsorships information page, available from the 'Grants 2024-2025 and Sponsorships 2025-2025' windows below.  

Alternatively, contact the Shire's Community Development Grants Officer at

For queries about SmartyGrants, contact the Grants Administration team at

Grant Information Sessions and Grant Writing Workshops

Grants and Sponsorships Information Sessions and Grant Writing Workshops are available to assist with preparation for the upcoming grant rounds, opening 13 July 2024. This is an opportunity to discuss your project ideas and gain assistance with the application process when applying for a grant or sponsorship in one of the funding streams.  Sessions are free, simply book your preferred date using the button below.

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Grant Writing Workshops

Date Time Format  Location Room
Thursday, 20 June 10am - 12.30pm In-person Municipal Office, 2 Queen Street, Mornington Council Chamber
Thursday, 18 July 10am - 12.30pm In-person Municipal Office, 90 Besgrove Street, Rosebud Paperbark & Greenhood
Wednesday, 7 August 6pm - 8.30pm Online Microsoft Teams   
Tuesday, 20 August 10am - 12.30pm In-person Hastings Community Hub, 1970 Frankston-Flinders Road, Hastings Meeting Room 7


Grants and Sponsorships Information Sessions

Date Time Format Location Room
Thursday, 6 June 10am - 11am In-person Hastings Community Hub, 1970 Frankston-Flinders Road, Hastings Meeting Room 7
Wednesday, 3 July 6.30pm - 7.30pm Online Microsoft Teams  
Tuesday, 9 July 10am - 11am In-person Municipal Office, 2 Queen Street, Mornington Council Chamber
Tuesday 16 July 10am - 11am   In-person Rosebud Office, 90 Besgrove Street, Rosebud Council Chamber

Grants 2024 - 2025

Sponsorships 2024 - 2025

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 Sponsorships Guidelines are understood before applying.

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

Sponsorship applications close on the 4 June 2025 unless funds have been exhausted prior to this date.



Value of Sponsorship

Theme 1

A healthy, natural environment and well-planned townships

Bronze Sponsorship up to $10,000 (option of 3-year period) Substantial impact for the Shire as a Local attraction


Silver Sponsorship up to $20,000 (option of 3-year period) Substantial impact for the Shire as a Regional/Local attraction


Gold Sponsorship up to $35,000 (option of 3-year period) Substantial impact for the Shire as a State/Regional attraction


Platinum Sponsorship up to $50,000 (option of 3-year period) Substantial impact for the Shire as a National/State attraction

Theme 2

A robust, innovative and diverse economy

Theme 3

A flourishing, healthy and connected community


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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.

You can watch the video Applying for a Grant

Watch the video on Alternative Funding Sources

Watch our Grant Writing Tips.

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.  

Learn how Funding Finder works for you(PDF, 300KB)

Register on Funding Finder to stay up to date on the latest opportunities.

Further information and documents

Community Investment Funding - Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 302KB) - answers to most queries and questions we receive.

Auspicing Agreement Form(PDF, 309KB) - organisations who will apply under an auspice arrangement need to complete and submit this form with the online application.

SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants(PDF, 1MB) - All applications must be submitted online via SmartyGrants. This guide will assist applicants with the process.

Sample budget(PDF, 124KB) - an example of how to complete a budget

Awarded grants 2023 -2024

Hear from some of the community groups that have completed their projects with support from the Shire's Community Grants Program.

View examples from successful Applicants, their projects and funded amounts for previous grant programs.

Subsidies 2023 - 2024

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


 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
$  8,073 
  • Peninsula Transport Assist


Local Essential Safety Services Subsidy

 Organisation Subsidy Allocated
  • Lifesaving Victoria
  • Peninsula Community Legal Services
  • Vinnies Kitchen
 $  3,990
  • Western Port Coast Guard
$   5,589 


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







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.