The many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have continued throughout 2021 and our residents have now faced more than 200 days in lockdown resulting in ongoing financial stress and impacts on wellbeing.

As part of Council’s $10 million recovery package adopted earlier this year, over $2 million has now been allocated to a COVID-19 Recovery Grant program to provide direct financial support to those who have been most impacted by the ongoing lockdowns and restrictions.

The grants will launch from next month and eligible businesses, community groups, creatives (individuals and organisations), not for profits and environmental groups are encouraged to apply.

The grants and opening and closing dates are:

Grant Program Open date Close date
Events and Festivals Grants:
Homegrown Events (new and existing)
Mornington Peninsula Arts Festival
Outdoor Dining Activation
Event Partnership Fund
4 October 2021 5 November 2021
Business and Economy Grants: 
Online Initiatives
New Business Support
Tourism Marketing and Membership Subsidy
4 October 2021 5 November 2021
Creative Community Grant 4 October 2021 5 November 2021
Community Placemaking Grant 7 February 2022 25 March 2022
Community Support Grant 4 October 2021 5 November 2021
Climate Action Grant 7 February 2022 11 March 2022
Biolinks Support Grant 7 February 2022 11 March 2022
Business and Economy Grants: 
Revitalisation Initiatives
Business Continuity Planning and Expansion
Accessible Business Improvements
21 March 2022 22 April 2022

The brand new Local Economy Booster vouchers aim to stimulate local visitation and spend though a reimbursement program for accommodation and attractions in our Shire during off peak-season. The initiative will be available to Mornington Peninsula residents 18+ only and can be used for paid tours and tourism experiences, entry fees to attractions and eligible paid accommodation.

Local Economy Booster vouchers
Registrations open Eligible period Claim period and cut off
2021 mid October 23 October – 23 December 10 – 21 January
2022 19 April 26 April – 31 May 6 – 17 June

Local Economy Booster vouchers dates are subject to change dependent on State Government COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns. 

The Shire will focus on strengthening our partnership approach with local community service providers to expand intervention programs through a negotiated funding program, called Community Service Providers Grant.

We know we need to support employment, mental health, family violence and our youth during this crisis and partnering with expert providers will achieve the best outcomes in these areas.

The Shire has also committed to helping local sporting and recreation clubs through the development and allocation of a $100,000 program providing support during both summer and winter seasons.

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