What you need to know

More grants to help our community recover

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The next round of COVID-19 Recovery grants is now open, with $150,000 funding available to help Moonee Valley bounce back from the pandemic.

By investing in our businesses, community groups and artists, we’re investing in our whole community.

Applicants who can ‘pay it forward’ are encouraged to apply, such as Melbourne Social Co who used a business recovery grant to offer free social media workshops to Moonee Valley businesses and the Caroline Chisholm Society. who used a community recovery grant to create and deliver care packages for those in need.

Since its inception in April, 340 eligible local businesses, community groups and artists have applied for Council’s COVID-19 Recovery grants.

106 successful applicants have shared in $654,000.

With many of our regular events cancelled this year due to restrictions Council, in September, reallocated $200,000 from the Festival and Events program into recovery grants.

The pandemic and lockdown stretched on longer than what we thought, so last week, Council voted to increase the COVID-19 Recovery grants budget 2020/21 by an extra $100,000.

The money will fund another two rounds of grants totalling $300,000, the first is currently open for applications, the second will open in April next year.

The grants are incredibly competitive but are just one way Council is helping our community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Head to our Recovery page to find out what other help is available including state and federal government grants, free permits for personal trainers and to extend footpath trading and rates payment plans. We’re also excited to continue our outdoor trading program, helping more traders take their business outside with our popular parklets.

Find out more about eligibility criteria and how to apply for a Recovery grant here. You’ll also find information about grant writing workshops to help you prepare an application.