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Love My Place Grants

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 when it is safe to do so.

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, City of Port Phillip (CoPP) can support successful applicants with marketing, road closures, parking controls, permit approvals,permission to use spaces and more.

This grants program aims to reactivate public space through unique events and projects ranging from 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 at the time which may include people physical distancing 1.5 metres and that gatherings of people may not be possible.


In order to be eligible for a Love My Place grant you must:

  • Be an individual or organisation that operates within the Port Phillip municipality or can demonstrate program benefits for residents or businesses within the municipality;
  • Be an incorporated legal entity, an enterprise or auspiced by an incorporated entity;
  • Able to undertake and complete the proposed work between mid-October 2020 and mid-June 2021;
  • Have no outstanding grant acquittals or debts to the CoPP;
  • Not be applying for any other CoPP grants for the same project; and
  • Have not won a Love My Place Grant in 2019-20.

Key Dates

Love My Place grant applications will close on Sunday 27 September 2020 and must be entered through SmartyGrants


Alexander Albrecht on 0424 190 202 or Carine Bourcier on 0466 496 731

Previous 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

Brearley Architects + Urbanists & Curator Tom Reed

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
Linden New Art Inc

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.

Hotel Esplanade

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 Band Inc.

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

Rescheduled for Late 2020 / Early 2021

Fitzroy Street's Five months of Fitness
Melbourne Physiotherapy Pilates & Fitness Group

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. Utilizing 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 - Fitzroy Street

Save Albert Park

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

JMC Academy - completed

“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. 224 creative people came to collaborate, innovate and experiment in Melbourne’s biggest game creation weekend. This 48 hour challenge occurred on 31 January – 02 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 the introduce the Jammers to the local community. Over 300 jammers, community members and enthusiasts attended the Play party.

The Market Record
Jamie, Dan & Co
25/04/2020 - completed

The Market Record - An audio tour of South Melbourne Market Village by Jamie, Dan & 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 engages audiences to become participants. Local retailers, South Melbourne Market stall holders, customers, staff and families were interviewed and recorded and edited into three engaging audio tours, that 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. These Audio tours will be available by end Oct 2020, through the Love South Melbourne App and the South Melbourne Market website.

South Melbourne Sustainable Gardens @ Park Gateway
3000 Acres/ South Melbourne Sustainability Group - completed

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 COVID19 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
- SheBuilt - 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 COVID19, it has been postponed until August 2020, when restrictions are lifted.

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
- Cloudwine Cellars - completed

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 approx. 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.