Love My Place Grants Program

The Love My Place grants program seeks to co-create with the Port Phillip community to bring activations, events and unique or experiential ideas to our public spaces.

Applications for the 2021/22 Love My Place Grants Program are now open and close 11.59 pm Sunday 10 October 2021.

Love My Place grants provide support to our community with an opportunity to trial new ideas through creative activities in the public realm. As well as financial support of up to $15,000, we can support successful applicants with marketing, road closures, parking controls, permit approvals, permission to use spaces and more.

'connecting hARTS' St Kilda Peace Festival | 2020/21 Love My Place Grant Recipient

Program objectives

This grants program aims to reactivate public space in order to support the local community and businesses.

This program also links to the Council strategic directions of:

  • Vibrant Port Phillip – A City that has a flourishing economy, where our community and local businesses thrive, and we maintain and enhance our reputation as one of Melbourne’s cultural and creative hubs; and

  • Liveable Port Phillip – A City that is a great place to live, where our community has access to high quality public spaces, development and growth are well-managed, and it is safer and easy to connect and travel within.

Program timeframes

ActivityScheduled Date
Applications openFriday 10 September 2021 at 9 am
Applications closeSunday 10 October 2021 at 11.59 pm
Applications assessedOctober 2021
Applicants emailed outcomeNovember 2021
Funds issuedNovember 2021
Grant deliveryNovember 2021 – 30 June 2022
Final acquittal due31 July 2022

Program guidelines

Download a copy of the Love My Place 2021-22 Program Guidelines below:

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Click the link below to submit an application.

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2020/21 grant recipients

Curbside Carnies

Recipient: Sophie deLightful
6 and 9 December 2020
Locations: Across the Municipality

It's contactless! It's distanced! It's sanitised! It's circus... for a COVID-world!

Curbside Carnies will roll a custom-built roving stage around the City of Port Phillip. Audiences will be delighted by a variety of circus acts from neighbourhood performers – including hula hooping, juggling, acrobatics, unicycle and fire performance. Suitable for kids of all ages!

'connecting hARTS' St Kilda Peace Festival

Recipient: Planetary Healing Artists Association of Australia
Dates: 20 December 2020
Location: O'Donnell Gardens

This free community festival aims to support and showcase our local artists, musicians, and performers that have been devastated by COVID-19 in 2020. With a theme on creating peace through the arts, it is never timelier than now for such a healing event.


Recipient: Red Stitch Actors' Theatre
Dates: 25 to 28 March 2021
Location: Alma Park

PLAYlist is a festival of short plays, each inspired by a different song and the physical environment in which it is set. Join the Red Stitch ensemble and our extraordinary line-up of guest artists for this unique celebration at the beautiful Alma Park.

Musicians in Alleyways

Recipient: Alex Read Theatre Performance Inc
March to 18 June 2021
Locations: Across the Municipality

Whilst exploring the beautiful bayside city of Port Phillip, you may be lucky enough to catch one of the live alleyway concerts, that are being filmed over the Summer, yet you will not know where until the first note is played.

Sight and Sound

Recipient: Memo Music Hall
2 May 2021
Location: Albert St, St Kilda

Memo Music will deliver an inclusive, COVID-safe indoor/outdoor festival showcasing locally made short films and the best of established and emerging performers, incorporating a diversity of talent and genres from the City of Port Phillip.

Albert Park Contemporary Art Walk

Recipient: Carolyn Menzies
26 to 28 March 2021
Location: Albert Park

Albert Park will be holding its inaugural Contemporary Art Walk, showcasing art installations from some of Melbourne’s wonderful contemporary artists.

Helios – radiating light in a darkening world

Recipient: ILANEL™ Design Studio
April 2021 – Ongoing
Location: St Kilda Road

'Helios' is an interactive street-art mural expanding upon the existing artwork, 'Atlas'. Located in the under-utilised atelier precinct of St Kilda Rd, Helios is proposed to radiate light in a darkening world.

Portal Pop Up

Recipient: Rawcus Theatre Inc.
Dates: 13 March 2021
Location: Elwood or South Melbourne

Portal Pop Up is an interactive installation made by disabled and non-disabled artists. Portal Pop Up invites the audience to step away from the bustling urban environment into a soothing, enchanting space.

Open Arts Day

Recipient: National Theatre
Dates: 20 March 2021
Location: J. Talbot Reserve

A free, COVID-safe, family fun day out, where you can enjoy the talents of The National Theatre Melbourne Drama and Dance students while seizing the opportunity for children from 3-12 years to take part in free performing arts activities.

Rouse Street Greening Project

Recipient: Rouse Street Community
Dates: November 2020 to 31 March 2021
Location: Rouse Street, Port Melbourne

Rouse Street will bloom to life with planter boxes lined along the nature strips, filled with beautiful Australian indigenous plantings.