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 suspend our normal Community Funding Program and will instead provide a COVID-19 Recovery Grants Program until June 2021.

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

We are committed to supporting the community and its local businesses to adapt and bounce back through the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This grants program is designed to support the adaption, continuation and recovery of our local community groups and local businesses.

We have streamlined the process to deliver quick response grants during this time, with a priority focus on addressing short term solutions that can be delivered quickly.

This program offers two streams of funding; for local businesses and for community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

Applications are now open.


Make sure you read the COVID-19 Recovery Grant Guidelines (PDF, 1MB) or Accessible Word version (doc, 44kb) for more information about applying for grants.

Speak to someone about grants

Phone: (03) 9243 8888
Email: grants@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Need help with your Grant submission?

Register for a FREE online grant writing or project budget workshop!

Applications NOW OPEN!

Grants for business

Who can apply?

The following applicants, based and operating in Moonee Valley, are eligible to apply:

·       Local businesses (with less than 50 full time equivalent employees)

·       Sole Traders

·       Social enterprises

·       Traders Associations

What can I apply for?

There are two business grant categories:

Adapting to changing needs

Up to $10,000

Examples include:

·       Online innovation, web design and redevelopment, e-commerce platforms, mobile app development, etc.

·       Assistance to develop alternative service delivery models and products (for example delivery and takeaway adaption)

·       Professional development, online learning and webinars, training courses

·       Other adaptation projects in line with funding priorities

Business collaboration

Up to $5,000

Examples include:

·       Businesses working together

·       Online business networking

·       Resources sharing

·       Other collaboration projects in line with funding priorities.

Grants for community

Who can apply?

The following applicants, based in Moonee Valley, are eligible to apply:

·       Community groups

·       Not-for-profit organisations

Applicants must be incorporated or supported by an auspice.

What can I apply for?

There are three community grant categories:

Adapting community services

Up to $5,000

Examples include:

·       Assistance to develop service delivery models and products and meet emerging needs and issues

·       Web design and redevelopment, video conferencing subscription, virtual experiences, hosting webinars

·       Professional development, online learning and webinars, training

·       Other emerging pandemic needs in line with funding priorities

Community connection and collaboration

Up to $5,000

Funding for community initiatives addressing:

·       Building community resilience

·       Bridging isolation and building connections (social support)

·       Online events, placemaking, story-telling and creative expression

·       Celebrating and connecting when the time is right

·       Other emerging pandemic needs in line with funding priorities

Emergency partnerships

Up to $20,000

Emergency partnership grants are for the continuation of essential community service organisations, especially targeting:

·       Food security

·       Housing support

·       Family violence support

·       Mental health

·       Social isolation

·       Other emerging pandemic needs in line with funding priorities

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
  • We will notify you within approximately 3 weeks about the outcome of your application

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

Applications NOW OPEN!