Moonee Valley Grants

Every year we support and empower our community to undertake some amazing initiatives through our Moonee Valley Grants program.

We provide two types of grants, and the following substreams:

  • Biannual Grants - open twice per year
    • Community Grants
    • Social Support Grants
    • Events & Festivals Grants
    • Business Grants
  • Responsive Grants - monthly
    • Emerging Need
    • Individual Participation
    • Fundraising Support

Grant guidelines

We have made some changes to the next round of Biannual Grants - with the main difference being the splitting of the various funding streams into different sub-streams. This change will have some impact on applications and criteria, so we would recommend having a read through our updated guidelines to the full picture. 

Please refer to the updated Moonee Valley Community Funding Guidelines 2018/19 (pdf, 1MB), or accessible word version (docx, 1MB) for more information. 

We will also be hosting a series of Grants Information Sessions in February to go through these changes. 

Biannual Grants

Biannual Grants

These grants are offered twice per financial year, and provide funding through four streams to support projects that increase community participation, access to information and services, and strengthen wellbeing and economic growth across the city. 

  • Community Grants
  • Social Support Grants
  • Events & Festivals Grants
  • Business Grants

Community Grants

Community Grants are available for community groups, non-profit orgs and individuals* delivering community projects in Moonee Valley. They are for projects that increase community participation, access to information and services, and strengthen wellbeing across the city – aligned to one of the five themes identified in Council’s long-term Moonee Valley 2040 Strategy.

Moonee Valley 2040 themes of fair, thriving, connected, green and beautiful 

Grants of any amount up to $20,000 are provided for one-off projects or for the establishment of projects that are to be completed within 12 months. Projects must be either a new project, or a project that builds on, but does not replicate, a project previously supported by Council.

*Applicants that are not an incorporated association (including individuals) must apply with the support of an auspice organisation. Please see pages 22-23 for more information.

Social Support Grants

These grants are for small social support groups run by volunteers with limited fundraising means, where residents meet regularly to share information and each other’s company. 

Applicants are eligible to receive one Social Support grant per 12 month period and are up to the value of $1,500

Events & Festivals Grants

This sub-stream is to fund events and festivals taking place in Moonee Valley, providing social and cultural connections and celebrating our local community. Successful applications to the Events & Festivals Grants stream may apply for up to $20,000 of funding, and can be funded again in subsequent years if the application demonstrates continued growth and development of the event.

Business Grants

Business Grants are for projects and events that will benefit the wider community and support increased patronage of local business precincts, especially projects that include improvements to the public realm and support placed-based activations. Local businesses, sole traders or Traders Associations can apply for up to $20,000

For more information, please download the Grant Guidelines above.

Round 1, 2018/19

Applications for Round 1, 2018/19 closed on 16 August 2018 and successful projects were announced on 14 November 2018. A list of successful projects is provided below.

Round 2, 2018/19

Applications for Round 2, 2018/19 will open on 29 January 2019 and will close on 5 March 2019. This round is to support projects taking place in between July 2019 and June 2020.

Make sure you are signed up to the grants mailing list to receive updates about when the grant rounds are opening, and dates for upcoming information sessions and grant writing workshops offered.

Recent grant recipients

Congratulations to the successful applicants:

Responsive Grants  

Responsive grants are small grants of up to $1,000. They are categorised in three specific funding areas:

  1. Emerging and/or unexpected community need that is urgent and cannot fit into the Biannual Grants time frames. Available for local not-for-profit organisations or community groups (including the establishment of new groups). 
  2. Individual participation and high-level achievement in sports, arts or educational activities. Available for individual residents of the City of Moonee Valley who are experiencing financial hardship.
  3. Fundraising support for community groups and not-for-profit organisations to request a Council voucher to use in fundraising, or apply for a donation to support a local fundraising event or initiative. 

These grants are open monthly, closing on the first day of each month. They are usually assessed very quickly, with a turnaround time of up to six weeks after the close of the round.

Applicants can only receive one Responsive Grant allocation per financial year.

For more information, please download the Grant Guidelines above.

Apply now

Please follow this link to apply for a Responsive Grant online.

Grant Writing Workshops & Grant Information Sessions 

Come along to one of our free grant writing workshops or info sessions.

Grant writing workshops
These grant writing workshops will provide practical, useful and transferable information about how to approach grant writing. It will explore project ideas, building budgets and improving capacity to achieve high quality grant applications and deliver excellent projects. 

Tuesday, 5 February, 2pm–5pm at Avondale Heights Library
Monday, 11 February, 9.30am–12.30pm at Flemington Community Centre
Monday, 18 February, 6pm–9pm at the Moonee Valley Civic Centre

Info sessions
These sessions will go through the changes to the Moonee Valley grants program, as well as key dates and criteria that you will need to know for your application. 

Friday, 8 February, 2pm–4pm at Avondale Heights Library
Wednesday, 13 February, 9.30am–11.30am at Flemington Community Centre
Wednesday, 20 February, 6pm–8pm at the Moonee Valley Civic Centre

Please click on the corresponding date and session to RSVP.  

Grants Assessment Special Committee - Calling for Expressions of Interest

Council is calling for interested community members to nominate themselves to become Grants Assessment Special Committee members.  As a Panel member you will be required to prepare for, and actively participate in assessment meetings.  Guidance and training is provided to Panel members, so not only is it a great way you can contribute to your community, it is an opportunity to learn new skills.

The Grants Assessment Special Committee is responsible for assessing and providing objective advice and recommendations to Council on the allocation of the Biannual Grants category. We are seeking panel members to assess Round 2 of the 2018/19 Biannual Grants program.

For more information, and to apply, download the Expression of Interest form in pdf (1MB) or in accessible word format (1MB). Submit your applications to by Thursday 31st January 2019

Helpful resources

Grants mailing list

If you’re interested in receiving updates about grant opportunities, provided by us as well as other organisations in Moonee Valley, join our grants mailing list.

More information

Please ensure you have read the Grant Guidelines available to download at the top of this page.

For more information and support in applying for a Moonee Valley grant, contact our Grants Officer on 9243 8888 or

Last updated: Sunday, 20 January 2019, 11:24 PM