Creative Grant

Opening Date 13 July 2024
Closing Date

4 June 2025 unless funds are exhausted earlier  


To build creativity, cultural capacity and vitality in our communities

Value  Eligible applicants may seek up to $10,000
Assessment Deadlines

Assessments are undertaken in the following months*:

  • late September 2024
  • late February 2025^
  • mid June 2025^

*Timings are subject to change at the discretion of Mornington Peninsula Shire

^Program will not continue once funding allocation is exhausted

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Applications must align to the Council and Wellbeing Plan Theme 2 and achieve one or more of the priorities below.

Creative Economy Grant Priorities


  1. Arts and culture engagement programs
  2. Indigenous Arts and cultural Practices
  3. Public Art and exhibitions
  4. Priorities identified in the Arts and Culture Plan Arts and Culture Plan 2024 - Arts and Culture on the Mornington Peninsula (
  5. Priorities identified in the Music Plan Music Plan 2025 - Arts and Culture on the Mornington Peninsula (


Council and Wellbeing Plan
Proposed project demonstrates alignment to the Council and Wellbeing Plan Theme 2.

Creative Economy Grant Priorities
The proposed project will:

  • contribute to one or more Creative Grant Program priorities listed in this table in the left column; and
  • achieve (if required) approval from the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Public Art Assessment Panel

Cultural creativity
The degree to which the proposed project

  • Supports artists and organisations explore and create innovative new work
  • provides measurable economic benefit and the opportunity to showcase the region to a broader audience
  • increases a sense of identity, place and engagement across key diversity groups,
  • Involves local businesses and contributes to local employment

Feasibility of the project
The project able to be delivered including approved permits, permissions or licenses and complies with the Shire's Single Use Plastics Policy Phasing out single-use plastics - Mornington Peninsula Shire (

Capacity of Applicant
The Applicant has demonstrated capacity, skills and experience 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 the program guidelines. 

A completed Public Art Proposal Form must have been submitted to the Public Art Panel with your application for a grant (if applicable). 

            See link:  Public Art - Mornington Peninsula Shire

  1. Eligible organisations include, Incorporated Associations, Not For Profits (NFP), Registered Charities, unincorporated community groups (with an auspice arrangement), commercial businesses, Sole Traders. 
  2. 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).
  3.  All projects, programs and activities must take place with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Local Government Area
  4. 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.
  5. Retrospective funding for activities, programs, projects / events that have already been 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 and 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.