Celebrating Place Grants Program

graphic colour illustration of moreland suburbsCelebrating Place Grants provide financial support for groups to organise an event or celebration that enriches the social life of Moreland's community.

This program especially aims to support the contribution of Moreland's smaller groups and organisations, and the role they play in the building a more connected and engaged community.

Events might involve music, food, sustainability or the arts. They should entertain, inspire and promote active community participation. They can be small or involve many but the key is that they bring together people in our community.

Festivals and events delivered in areas which have limited arts or community activities provided by Council are especially welcome!

For further information please read our Celebrating Place Grants Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 66Kb) or Frequently Asked Questions (DOC 36Kb) or contact the Unit Manager Arts and Culture or the Arts Officer on 9240 1111.

How to apply for a Celebrating Place Grant

Applications for the next round of Celebrating Place Grants will be open from June 13 2017 and will close at 5 pm on August 4 2017.

All applications should be made online through SmartyGrants

Before you apply, read the 2016 Celebrating Place Grants Guidelines (PDF 184Kb) or 2016 Celebrating Place Grants Guidelines (DOC 4Mb).

Objectives of Celebrating Place Grants

  • Support quality community festivals and events in areas of the municipality which currently have limited arts or community activities provided by Council.
  • Encourage the development of locally led and delivered projects and activities.
  • Increase people’s access to, and participation in, community life.
  • Promote social inclusion and cultural exchange by encouraging collaborations between diverse community groups within local areas.
  • Address demonstrated needs within the community for arts and community events.
  • Encourage the development and enhancement of innovative and quality arts activities within Moreland.
  • Support Council to meet its objectives as outlined within Council plans and strategies.
  • Provide equitable opportunity for the community to seek funding assistance from Council.

Grant types

There are two Celebrating Place Grants categories;

  • $3,000 Celebrating Community Grant, and
  • $5,000 Connecting Community Grant.

Information Sessions

Wednesday14 June 1 pm

Tuesday 20 June 5.30 pm

Both sessions will be held at Council Chambers, 90 Bell Street, Coburg

Mentoring Program - Grant writing

Need some support to put together your grant application? Unsure about writing a budget? We can provide you with support from previous successful applicants who know the challenges and how to navigate the art of successful grant writing.

Applications should be sent via email to cpgrants@moreland.vic.gov.au by Monday 10 July 2017. Please tell us in your email what your idea is, where your event will take place and who else is involved. 

Events previously funded

Murnong Harvest

Recipients of a $5,000 Celebrating Place Grants in 2015, the MECCARG group and Wurundjeri Council organised the Murnong Gathering, a unique community celebration of Indigenous Australia's culture and heritage on banks of the Merri Creek.

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Fawkner Food Festival

Presented by the Merri Community Health Service, this festival celebrated local culture, community and wellbeing through food. There was a series of stalls and presentations around food growing, preparation and cooking, food waste and composting.

Holi Festival 

A religious Hindu festival presented by the Madheshi Community in Victorian Inc. This festival is for people to meet, play, laugh, forget, forgive, end conflicts and renew relationships.

Gowanbrae Festival

The Gowanbrae Festival in October involved live music performances by local dance, gymnastic and sporting groups. There were stalls from Moreland City Council and Gowanbrae Residents Groups, local community groups, plus activities, festival rides and food stalls.

Fleming Park Community Festival

This festival was a free day-long event open to all community to socialise and enjoy diverse music, sporting demonstrations from local clubs, arts and craft stalls, a BBQ, music workshops and a relaxed indoor lounge space.

Inclusive and accessible

For tips and advice on how to maximise participation and make your event as inclusive and accessible as possible, download Moreland City Council's Inclusive and Accessible Events Guide with Checklist (PDF 2Mb).