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 and throughout the recovery of this pandemic.

As we are now transitioning to a COVID-normal, we are reviewing our grants and will be announcing a new 2021/22 grants program in July 2021.

Please make sure you are signed up to the grants mailing list to receive updates about this program.

COVID-19 Recovery Grants

During 2020/21 we’ve provided grants 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.

Round 4 of the 2020/21 COVID-19 Recovery Grants closed on Thursday, 29 April 2021 and the outcomes were announced on 11 June 2021. A list of successful applicants can be found below.

Since April 2020, we have awarded $987,533 to local business, community groups and artists who have been impacted by the pandemic.

Recovery Grants awarded since April 2020

Shaping 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 reviewing our grants program and planning for the next 2021/22 financial year.

During April and May 2021 we conducted an online survey and community workshop to understand what are the key priorities for the Moonee Valley community for the next 12 months. This information will help us to develop a new grants program for 2021/22 to meet the needs of our community at this time.

Recommendations for the revised grants program will be presented to Council for endorsement in July 2021.

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.

Workshops will be scheduled during the next round of advertised grants. Please check back to the website or subscribe to the mailing list for updates.

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.

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