What you need to know

Grants

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 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

Applications are currently closed and we are undertaking assessment of our most recent applications.

Our Recovery Grants give businesses and community groups the ability to adapt to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The program has been inundated with applications and a limited pool of funding is available. Due to these constraints, not all applications are able to be successful in their applications.

Stay tuned for the opening of the next round of grants before the end of the year. Please subscribe to the newsletter to stay up to date with grants announcements.

In the meantime, we're putting together a number of resources to provide further help with planning projects and applying for funding.

COVID-19 Recovery Grants Guidelines

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 to adapt to the new challenges faced by the pandemic.

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 to changing needs – up to $5,000

Community Grants

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

This time we’ve added an ‘emergency partnership’ grant for those smaller groups like playgroups and social support groups to help them get through the next few months while their fundraising is on hold.

  • Adapting community services – up to $5,000
  • Community connection and collaboration – up to $5,000
  • Emergency partnerships (community groups) – up to $1,500
  • Emergency partnerships (community service organisations) – 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

Recent grant recipients

Biannual Grants Program:

COVID-19 Recovery Grants:

Helpful resources

 

While we strive to help as many local businesses as possible through our Grants Program unfortunately it is likely some will miss out this time.

We encourage all business owners to explore the State Government’s ‘Business Support Fund’ which has recently been expanded. More information here.

Recovery grants artwork web

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.

Frequently asked questions

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