What you need to know


Following the outbreak of coronavirus across the world, Moonee Valley City Council has acted to prioritise the health and safety of our community.

In these unprecedented times, we have made the decision to provide a COVID-19 Recovery Grants Program during and throughout the recovery of this pandemic.

This is an evolving situation, so make sure you are signed up to the grants mailing list to receive updates about this program.

COVID-19 Recovery Grants

Round 4 of the 2020/21 COVID-19 Recovery Grants are open from 1 April 2021 to 5pm on Thursday, 29 April 2021.

These grants can provide funding for local business, community groups and artists to undertake projects to help adapt to the challenges faced by the pandemic and to reconnect as a community as we move towards a ‘COVID-normal’.

Applications are assessed based on the assessment criteria outlined in the Grant Guidelines. Unlike other grant programs offered by state and federal governments, our Council grants only have a limited pool of funding and unfortunately not all applications will be successful.

For all the details about how to apply, please download the updated COVID-19 Recovery Grant Guidelines:

COVID-19 Recovery Grants Guidelines

Grants information video

Watch this information video for a summary of the Grant Guidelines and the three available funding streams.

There are three streams of funding:

Business Grants

Our local businesses are the lifeblood of Moonee Valley. They’ll play an integral role in our recovery from the pandemic.

These grants are designed to support businesses with specific projects to adapt to the new challenges faced by the pandemic and to reconnect with the community as restrictions are easing.

We’re also looking for businesses to work together, collaborating so more businesses can benefit from successful grants projects

  • Business collaboration – up to $10,000
  • Adapting and reconnecting – up to $5,000

We encourage all business owners to explore the State Government’s package of support for businesses which can be found here.

Community Grants

Some of our community groups are big, some are small, but all of them do vital work.

These grants are designed to support local community groups and organisations that have been impacted by the pandemic to continue operations and to deliver meaningful community projects to help the community to reconnect.

  • Adapting and reconnecting – up to $5,000
  • Community recovery partnerships (community groups) – up to $1,500
  • Community recovery partnerships (essential service) – up to $20,000

Artist Grants

Artists bring joy and beauty into our community and help us understand the world – something that is vital now more than ever. We know many have struggled with theatres, galleries and gigs shut down during restrictions. We see you and hear you and we want to help. Funding is available to develop new works or continue works that have been interrupted.

Individual artists – up to $2,500
Arts organisations – up to $5,000

Workshops and training

If you've never applied for a grant before or you want a better understanding of the grants process, we strongly encourage you to attend one of our free grant writing workshops.

Grants are a competitive process so it's important to understand the process and improve your skills. In this interactive workshop you will learn all about how to write a great grant application, prepare a budget and understand the whole grants process. Book your place at an upcoming session:

  • Friday, 9 April 2021 from 10am - 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021 from 6pm - 8:30pm
  • Monday 19 April 2021 from 1pm - 3:30pm

Recent grant recipients

COVID-19 Recovery Grants:

Biannual Grants Program:

Helpful resources

Grants are just one way we are supporting our community through this pandemic. Please check out the COVID-19 Recovery page for more information about what we’re doing to help.

Recovery grants artwork web

Help shape the grants program in 2021/22

Since April 2020 we’ve turned our focus towards supporting the emerging needs of the community during the pandemic. We’ve adapted the grants program to provide grants for business, community and artists to adapt, collaborate and reconnect as the community recovers.

We are now planning for the next financial year 2021/22, and we want to hear from you about what kind of funding opportunities Council should be offering.

We’d like to know if we should continue providing funding that targets the impacts of the pandemic, or if we should reinstate our original grants program. Or is there a third way? Can we incorporate some of the emerging needs into the original program?

We are currently seeking feedback through our online survey, which closes at midnight on Sunday, 2 May 2021.

Following the conclusion of the survey, we will be hosting two online community workshops to take a look at the results of the survey and dive deeper into your funding priorities for the next 12 months. Please register to attend one of the following online community workshops:

  • Thursday, 6 May 2021 from 10am - 11:30am
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021 from 6pm - 7:30pm

Important information regarding grants

Council has been made aware of an activity involving a third party approaching local businesses in person and via phone and email, offering to submit grant application on their behalf.

Please note this party is in no way affiliated or connected with Council, Councillors or Council staff.

We have been made aware of at least one case, where a third party has indicated they are in some way representing Council and said they have influence with Councillors. Our understanding is they also indicated that any applications submitted independently would be less likely to succeed and requested sensitive business details.

Please be advised there are currently no Moonee Valley City Council representatives visiting businesses in person in relation to grants or grant writing, and Council has NOT contracted any group to do so on our behalf.

In response we have notified Victoria Police and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Scamwatch website about this activity.

If you have submitted a grant application or are worried you may have been affected, you are very welcome to get in touch with our Grants and Economic Development Teams. Please also read the below FAQ for further steps and contact details.

More information about third party activity

Council officers may get in touch on the phone to tell you about the grants you may be eligible for. They will never offer to complete or submit an application on your behalf. If you are suspicious the person may not be from Council ask for their details including name, position and phone number and hang up. Call Moonee Valley City Council Customer Service on 03 9243 8888 to speak directly to one of our staff members about what happened.

Call either our Grants Team on 9243 1664 or our Economic Development team on 9243 8866. A Council staff member will be able to speak to you about what happened and your options.

  • Visit our website mvcc.vic.gov.au/grants to download the Grants Guidelines and access the online application form.
  • Complete the online application form, including attaching quotes or pricing about the project you want funded.

Yes, some legitimate companies offer grant application services, however they are not affiliated with Council and do not have influence over the outcome of your application. Every grant application is independently assessed. You can personally apply for a grant. Free online Grant Writing Workshops are available if you’re not sure where to start.

  • If a business or individual claim to have influence over Councillors and Council officers and therefore the outcome of your application.
  • If they claim you cannot apply for a grant yourself.
  • If they claim your application won’t be successful unless you engage their services.
  • If they ask you for information not needed for a grant application including your bank details.

We know the application process isn’t always easy, so we are here to help.

You can attend one of our free online Grant Writing Workshops. This will empower you to apply for our grant and others.

We have a team dedicated to helping you with our process, so please contact a Council Officer for support:

  • Nina Stanwell or Emily McBlack, Community Grants Officers on 9243 1664
  • Malcolm Ward, Coordinator Economic Development on 9243 8866