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.

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:

2021/22 grant recipients

Delightfully Bewildered

Feather boas, wild handmade costumes, outrageous wigs and a stage presence like no other, the colourful, hand painted image will consist of Renee Scott on stage in full drag, surrounded by images of her love for animals.

Blackout Experience, Summer Edition

The Blackout Experience Summer Edition is a powerful and vibrant display of live music that will contribute to reactivating Catani Gardens. It will also encourage Victorian people who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and their allies to come together to celebrate in meaningful ways what it means to be a proud Victorian.

Peanut Butter Jam Roller Events

A series of local community roller skating and blading event to be held four times over a six-month period between November 2021 and May 2022. These events will be created in collaboration with not-for-profit skating group Recreational Rollers, as well as Malt Shop Rollers.

Centenary Celebration

A mural depicting the natural environment including native plants and birds in a simple but creative way will feature on the facade of Lilian Cannam Kindergarten. The mural will also acknowledge our First Nation, 100 years of committed service delivery to Port Phillip families, and the importance of preserving this heritage into the future.

Music in the Glade

Gasworks Arts Park will host fortnightly Friday night events across Summer, Music in the Glade. These events will feature live entertainment complemented by local food truck operators.

Lakeside Carols Street Party

Lakeside Carols takes to the streets for a busking carols night. Wander the streets, picking up tasty treats from local cafes and restaurants and start your Christmas shopping while listening to amazing performers throughout the streets performing seasonal Christmas classics.

Alternative Futures

Six unique performances written by Theatre Works resident and guest writers take audiences on a roving journey through Acland Street Village to share fantasy-filled futures. Performed in unexpected nooks, crannies and iconic public spaces, 'Alternative Futures' provides a radical and hopeful outlook for one of St Kilda’s most treasured community hubs.

Elwood Canal Festivity

Held in March along the grassy banks of Elwood Canal between Foam Street and Wave Street, a community picnic event will feature live music, fun and games, including a rubber duck race to raise money to support indigenous habitat restoration along Elwood Canal.

2020/21 grant recipients