Love My Place Grants Program

The Love My Place Grants Program seeks to co-create with the Port Phillip community to revitalise the area, bring events and create experiential ideas.

Love My Place grants provide support to our community with an opportunity to trial new ideas through experiential activities. As well as financial support of up to $10,000, the City of Port Phillip (CoPP)can support successful applicants with:

  • marketing
  • road closures
  • parking controls
  • permit approvals
  • permission to use spaces and more.

This grant program aims to reactivate public space through unique events and projects. Examples include events, music projects, art installations or activations, lighting, seating, amenity, indigenous trails, games and community social gatherings to enhance connections.

We take the health of our community, staff and visitors seriously. We are working to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak and are closely monitoring the situation.

We are living in a time of rapid change and during this global health crisis, decisions are often made quickly. Changes to COVID-19 restrictions can impact the planning, preparation and running of events and other public space activations.

Love My Place grant applicants should be aware of the need for your project to be quickly and easily modified, or reversed if required, as well as the need to meet any government COVID-19 requirements.

This can include physical distancing 1.5 metres and no gatherings of people.

2020/21 Love My Place Grant Winners

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.

2019/20 Love My Place Grant Winners

Below are the former Love My Place Grant winners, offering grants of up to $10,000.

A total of $89,000 was awarded for projects to be delivered from January until June 2020. The value of these projects totals $286,584 with co-contributions from the winners. We received a number of amazing applications and have selected 11 activities, five in South Melbourne and six in Fitzroy Street to receive funding as well as one in-kind support offer.

We have enjoyed facilitating the grant recipients’ visions and supporting them through their journey.

Fitzroy Street Winners

St Kilda Illuminations

Awarded to: Brearley Architects + Urbanists and Curator Tom Reed
Completed: 15 February 2020

Rushes is a non-profit exhibition space in St Kilda, run by artists, art workers and curators. They are dedicated to providing the unique platform of an extra-wide projection screen, to showcase contemporary video art from both Australian and international artists.

They look forward to working with different artists, in all stages of their careers to explore, experiment and take risks with their video practices, within the public realm.

Into the Water Festival and Dark Water Swim

Awarded to: Linden New Art Inc
Completed: Postponed

There’s no better feeling on a long night in the middle of winter than snuggling up with a hot water bottle in your pyjamas. Especially after an ocean swim under the stars. That’s right.

The Longest Night is a midwinter performance, music and swimming festival, calling on you to embrace the un-embraceable. For swimmers and on-lookers alike, join us to bring the night alive in the dead of winter.

Presented by artist Kit Wise and musician Grant Siedle in partnership with Linden New Art celebrating the winter solstice.

More information coming soon.


Awarded to: Hotel Esplanade
Completed: Postponed

A three day festival of contemporary art and conversation exploring the not so usual ways people are connected to the ocean.

Rescheduled for Summer 2021.

Melbourne Tramways

Awarded to: Melbourne Tramways Band Inc.
Completed: Postponed

The rebirth of a century-old tradition, the Melbourne Tramways Band performs 3 concerts across Fitzroy Street.

Rescheduled for late 2020, early 2021.

Five months of Fitness

Awarded to: Melbourne Physiotherapy Pilates and Fitness Group
Completed: 1 February 2020

Prevention is better than cure. The small habits we develop today insures our health for tomorrow. Five Months of Fitness is an initiative aimed at providing high-quality exercise classes at an affordable price to members of the Port Phillip Community.

In collaboration with the City of Port Phillip Council, this initiative aims to improve Community access to, and engagement with, professional health and fitness services - and the benefits they impart. Utilising the beautiful park spaces and beach trails that border Fitzroy Street, Five Months of Fitness shares its vision to work towards a healthier, happier, more connected Community.

Park Gateway

Awarded to: Save Albert Park
Completed: 1 February 2020

Save Albert Park will install a gateway to the Fitzroy Street Precinct of Albert Park Reserve, incorporating plaques that acknowledge traditional ownership of the land and listing its unique features.

South Melbourne Winners

Melbourne Game Jam

Awarded to: JMC Academy
Completed: 18 February 2020

"JMC Academy was proud to host the 10th annual Game Jam and present budding young game designers with the chance to get hands on with like-minded peers! We welcomed over 224 gamers on campus and thanks to the Port Phillip City Council we hope to be able to open our doors for the 11th Game Jam at our new Park street campus in 2021." Dr John Martin Cass, Founder Director.

The Global Game Jam is the world's largest game creation event. A total of 224 creative people came to collaborate, innovate and experiment in Melbourne's biggest game creation weekend. This 48-hour challenge was held from 31 January to 2 February 2020 and produced 52 games.

A community-focused event was held later on the 18 February 2020 at the South Melbourne Town Hall, to showcase the games and introduce the Jammers to the local community. Over 300 jammers, community members and enthusiasts attended the Play party.

The Market Record

Awarded to: Jamie, Dan and Co
Completed: 25 April 2020

The Market Record is an audio tour of South Melbourne Market Village by Jamie, Dan and Co.

A listening experience in conversation with the people of the South Melbourne Market Village. Travel through history, memory, taste and smell.

Jamie, Dan and Co created and curated three site-responsive multi-art form experiences that engage audiences to become participants. Local retailers, South Melbourne Market stallholders, customers, staff and families were interviewed, recorded and edited into three engaging audio tours.

The tours will actively guide visitors through the South Melbourne Market precinct and entertain them with stories from the past and present, focused around love, family and change. The audio tours will be available until the end of October 2020. For a copy, email

South Melbourne Sustainable Gardens at Park Gateway

Awarded to: 3000 Acres and South Melbourne Sustainability Group

Learning about sustainable garden practices in and urban environment. This project aimed to transform South Melbourne's Park Gateway at HH Skinner Reserve into a sustainability haven through a series of educational gardening events and opportunities to grow food and compost scraps in temporary raised beds.

'This project aimed to connect people across generations and cultures through a shared love of food and growing. We brought people together to celebrate cultural significant food crops across the precinct, in the process improving public spaces with edible greenery for all to share.'

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the educational gardening events went online. The South Melbourne Sustainability Group, ran nine very successful educational Facebook Live gardening workshops with 481 Facebook live event participants and the viewers of the online content reached 4,862 people.

The Worm Towers also have been getting a lot of use from the local residents for composting. Overall the project has contributed in composting over two thousand kilos of kitchen waste from nearly 50 South Melbourne households this year, several hundred more kilos has been composted via the 18 Worm Towers spread between HH Skinner Reserve and Foundry Park and several hundred kilos from the cafes.

A successful activation which achieved its objectives in reactivating the HH Skinner Reserve, educated local residents in sustainable growing techniques and composting and encouraged community health and wellness during an extremely difficult time, through outdoor gardening activity.

The Women in Art Exhibition

Awarded to: SheBuilt
Completed: extension given

Contemporary Art and Design Exhibition 'Women in Art' at 307 -309 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, was due to occur in early April 2020, yet due to COVID-19, it has been postponed.

This exhibition will be a collaboration, supporting upcoming female artists in the creative environment.

In the interim, in order to build community spirit and keep South Melbourne’s creativity in motion, two mural artists have created beautiful murals covering the rear walls of the 307-309 Clarendon St building, in Bank Street.

Mural artists Chanel Tang and Goodie (George Goodnow) worked together (but physically separated) to create two murals that join together to brighten up the landscape.

The Women in Art Exhibition has been given an extension due to COVID-19 restrictions, and will occur by the end of 2020, dates still to be confirmed.

Mural on Wynyard

Awarded to: Cloudwine Cellars
Completed: 11 January 2020

A giant mural has been created by Brigitte and Melissa from Melbourne's Murals and runs the length of the Wynyard street building wall. Cloudwine Cellars were the successful grantee and provided the 'canvas' space of approximately 4m high and 20m long.

The mural depicts a tree holding many of birds local to Port Phillip, so that each time someone walks by they may notice a different bird local to the area. This Mural has been well received and has received over 2500 likes and shares by the local community and is now included in a Street Art Tour of South Melbourne accessed through the Love South Melbourne App, found on App stores.