Social Housing Community Improvement Fund

The Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) provides $20 million over three years (2015/16 – 2017/18) to improve the liveability and amenity of social housing communities.

The SHCIF aims to create better and stronger social housing communities by improving local amenities through the provision of one-off grants to undertake physical improvements on or near to social housing. This includes:

  • improving community facilities
  • enhancing open space or recreational areas
  • increasing accessibility
  • improving resident safety
  • facilitating better integration between social housing and the surrounding community.


Applications for Round Two are now closed.

Outcomes of Round Two are expected to be announced in August / September 2016.

The Assessment Criteria

Eligible project applications in Round Two will be assessed on merit. Each project proposal needs to demonstrate that the proposed project:

  • Physically improves the liveability and amenity adjacent to, or on, social housing communities or sites
  • Provides benefit to social housing tenants and the local community
  • Collaborates with, and involves, social housing tenants and the local community
  • Partners with other community stakeholders, and, where possible, leverages additional resources
  • Can be maintained to sustain community benefit
  • Can be delivered within the proposed budget
  • Can be completed before 30 September 2017

The applicant must demonstrated that they have the capacity and experience to deliver the project.

All proposed projects are required to indicate whether they had sought approval from the appropriate land owner/s. This approval must be secured prior to the issuing of a funding agreement.

All projects must be completed in line with all relevant standards and building codes, where required.

Round One Grant Recipients (as of 02/04/2016)

Recently $4.2 million was awarded to over 120 successful applicants for meeting places, community facilities, communal gardens and recreational spaces as a part of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund Round One.

Examples of successful Round One projects include:

  • A children’s playground and garden designed and built in collaboration with local families.
  • Safety and security upgrades within a community housing property.
  • A communal garden and seating areas for residents to enjoy and use for social events.

Listed below are the approved community projects under Round One.

Applicant Project Title Location Approved Funding
Far West
Compass Housing Company Limited Landscaping of Common Areas Broken Hill $50,000
Hunter New England
Awabakal Ltd Medical Centre Outdoor Waiting Area Hamilton $50,000
Awabakal Ltd Meeting Area, Community Garden and Fencing Wickham $50,000
Community Housing Limited Dunoon Street Project Taree $12,930
Compass Housing Services Co Ltd Yarrum Avenue: Sharing in the Shade Beresfield $35,000
Compass Housing Services Co Ltd Beautification and Security Upgrade at 220 Maitland Road Islington $38,000
Compass Housing Services Co Ltd ‘Light Up’ Kerrie Close Telah $3,267
Compass Housing Services Co Ltd Glendon Crescent: Gathering in the Gardens Glendale $45,000
Compass Housing Services Limited Dreamtime Reconciliation Park Kahibah $45,000
Dungog and District Neighbourcare Inc. SHIFT (Social Housing Integrated Fitness Track) Dungog $50,000
Greater Taree City Council Freedom of play - Ruprecht Park Playground Taree $50,000
Greater Taree City Council Freedom of play - Purfleet Playground Purfleet $50,000
Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation "Wuu -rri Yuul" Gardens Gunnedah $15,000
Homes North Community Housing Ltd Construction of Undercover Area and Tenant/Community Group Activities Gunnedah $18,375
Inverell Shire Council South Inverell Waratah Park Enhancements, Inverell NSW Inverell $38,872
Lake Macquarie City Council Windale Tennis Courts Conversion to Netball Courts Windale $50,000
Mission Australia Housing/MA Housing Bruntnell StRubbish Education & Garden Program Taree $5,000
Moree Plains Shire Council Cooee Park Community Meeting Place Moree $50,000
Muswellbrook Shire Council Muswellbrook South Pedestrian Safety Project Muswellbrook $50,000
Muswellbrook Shire Council Muswellbrook South Traffic Safety Project Muswellbrook $50,000
Narrabri Shire Council Narrabri Lake Recreation Precinct Narrabri $48,265
Port Stephens Council A New Playground for the Families of Lakeside, Raymond Terrace Raymond Terrace $50,000
Port Stephens Council Keeping Raymond Terrace Active- Outdoor Exercise Trail Boomerang Park Raymond Terrace $30,000
Port Stephens Council Construction of a new skate park at Lakeside, Raymond Terrace Raymond Terrace $50,000
Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services Incorporated Working it out Together: A space for group programs Raymond Terrace $35,235
Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services Incorporated The Deck - counselling room Raymond Terrace $28,415
Samaritans Foundation Reclaim this Space - Hamilton South - Garden & Mural Hamilton South $5,066.25
Samaritans Foundation Diocese of Newcastle Hamilton South Letterbox Project Hamilton South $11,340
Samaritans Foundation Diocese of Newcastle Rain tanks for Artscape Bar Beach $10,101
Tamworth Family Support Service Inc. Bringing Back Spark to Granny Munro Park West Tamworth $47,191
Illawarra Shoalhaven
Barnardos Australia Howard Fowles Park Upgrade Warrawong $30,923
Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre Improvements to Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre Bellambi $50,000
Clifton Community Food Garden Inc. Shelter for Clifton Community Food Garden Sanctuary Point $3,250
Illawarra Community Housing Trust Ltd Wellbeing Community Garden Project Wollongong $20,000
Illawarra ForumInc. Gippsy Gardeners Wollongong $1,552
Illawarra Forum Inc. Corrimal St Coffee Corner Wollongong $1,922
Illawarra Forum Inc. 2528 at Crew Park Warilla $18,018
Southern Youth and Family Services Youth Housing Outdoor Communal Area Mangerton $34,368
Ulladulla Men's Shed Inc. Extension toUlladulla Men's Shed Narrawallee $50,000
Mid North Coast
Community Housing Limited Boronia Gardens Community Program South West Rocks $38,000
Community Housing Limited Shella Blackwell Common Area Community Project West Kempsey $25,200
Kempsey Shire Council Steele Park Upgrade West Kempsey $50,000
Mission Australia Housing Harbour Drive Safety, Security and Wellbeing Program Coffs Harbour $8,198
Mission Australia Housing/MA Housing Hollingworth St Garden and Safety Program Port Macquarie $11,398
Northern Links NSW Incorporated South Coffs Community Garden Project Bombee East $10,000
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Oxide Park Port Macquarie Intergenerational Play Space Port Macquarie $50,000
Albury City Council People and Places - Enhancing Social Cohesion in Springdale Heights Springdale Heights $47,050
Intereach Limited Bringing Back The BBQ Albury $20,000
Leeton Shire Council Gossamer Park Refurbishment Leeton $43,817
Temora Shire Council Trungley Road Footpath Construction and Landscaping Temora $40,000
Uniting Church in Australia Tumut Roof Replacement and Air Conditioning Tumut $31,900
Wagga Wagga City Council Chambers Park Security Lighting and Skate park Wagga Wagga - Tolland $50,000
Wagga Wagga City Council Ashmont Community Hub BBQ Shelter Wagga Wagga - Ashmont $42,795
Westside Community Centre Inc. The Welcome Garden - Gawaymbanha West Albury $14,044
Young Shire Council Rotoract Park Playground Upgrade Young $50,000
Nepean Blue Mountains
Hawkesbury City Council McLeod Park upgrade Windsor $50,000
Mission Australia Housing/MA Housing Albert Street Safety and Security Program Werrington $50,000
Mission Australia Housing/MA Housing Colyton Edible Garden Colyton $43,500
St Matthews Anglican Church of Australia Windsor Air-conditioning of St Matthews Parish Centre Windsor $8,900
Wentworth Community Housing Limited Our Place Our Gathering Space - Cranebrook Cranebrook $46,499
Northern NSW
Ngallingnee Jarjum Tabulam & District Community Preschool Incorporated Council Approved Fencing Around Premise Tabulam $49,200
Northern Links NSW Incorporated Avonleigh Gardens : Community Garden Meeting Space East Lismore $22,000
Richmond Valley Council McCracken Park Open Space Enhancement Casino $45,000
Northern Sydney
Link Housing Ltd Allison Street - Community Garden Eastwood $20,000
South Eastern Sydney
Bridge Housing Limited Our Place Green Space @ South Coogee South Coogee $50,000
Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development Inc. Enhancement of Northcott Community Centre and Gardens Surry Hills $30,198
Project Youth Incorporated Upgrade Thomas Street Woolooware $14,958
Randwick City Council New Shade Sail Structure, Ella Reserve Playground. Malabar $18,414
Randwick City Council Coral Sea Basketball Court Maroubra $44,000
Riverwood Community Centre Ltd Outdoor Seats for Nullaburra Rd, Caringbah Caringbah $2,750
Riverwood Community Centre Ltd Garden and Driveway Improvement Caringbah $3,650
Riverwood Community Centre Ltd Community Garden Project at Mirabooka Ave, Little Bay Little Bay $2,420
Riverwood Community Centre Ltd Pergola and Paving at Soldiers Settlement, Matraville Matraville $20,000
Riverwood Community Centre Ltd Gazebo Project at 14-16 Robert Street at San Souci San Souci $10,909
Riverwood Community Centre Ltd Replacement of Garden Sleepers Kirawee $191
Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre Inc. Surry Hills Northcott Community Shed (SHNCS) Surry Hills $30,000
South Western Sydney
Cabramatta Community Centre Make Our Place Beautiful Liverpool $19,100
Hume Community Housing Association Company Ltd The Claymore Employment and Social Enterprise Hub Claymore $50,000
Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections Inc. Community Fit Warwick Farm $50,000
Liverpool Women's Resource Centre Inc. Grow Well Community Garden and Kitchen Ashcroft $26,525
Mission Australia Housing/MA Housing Bransgrove Road Community Centre and Garden Fit Out Revesby $47,000
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation Tharawal Community Garden and Cultural Area Access Pathway Project Airds $20,620
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation Waranwarin Community Access and Safety Upgrade Project Minto $40,000
Women's Housing Company Ltd 'Living better and feeling safer' at 17-19 Willan Drive, Cartwright Cartwright $50,000
Southern NSW
Anglican Diocesan Services Karabar Community Centre Queanbeyan-Karabar $50,000
Bega Valley Shire Council Children's Dreaming Garden Eden $49,800
Goulburn Family Support Service Inc. Goulburn SaCC Early Learning Centre Expansion project Goulburn $50,000
Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council Mogo Community Garden Mogo $17,647
Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation The Eric Bell Centre Yass $50,000
Queanbeyan City Council Karabar Community Openspace Project Queanbeyan -Karabar $50,000
Southern Womens Group Inc. Street Investment Project Bega $3,320
YMCA of Sydney Cooma Youth HUB - Kitchen & Mobility Lift Cooma $48,401
Alpha House Artists Co-operative Ltd Creation of a Multi-use Outdoor Area and Gallery/ Community Space Upgrade Erskineville $17,000
Leichhardt Municipal Council Paringa Reserve - Improvements to access, amenity and social integration Balmain $32,230
Mission Australia Housing/MA Housing Common Ground Sydney Community Spaces Upgrade Pyrmont $30,000
Riverwood Community Centre LTD Upgrading Common Area and Community Room for Violet Street, Roselands Roselands $5,923
STUCCO Co-operative STUCCO Great Hall Upgrade - Creating a Functional Community Space Newtown $48,870
Sydney University Settlement Improvements to the Exterior of The Settlement's flats Darlington $25,830
University of NSW UNSW CDP Social Housing Community Garden Upgrade Waterloo $50,000
Weave Youth and Community Services Hallway & Foyers Art Project Redfern $49,350
Western NSW
Bogan Shire Council Lions Park Revitalisation Project Nyngan $35,000
Coonamble Shire Council Safety First at Gulargambone Skate Park Gulargambone $40,000
Dubbo City Council Apollo Estate Community Recreational and Meeting Space Dubbo $50,000
Housing Plus Edye Park Upgrade Orange-Glenroi $44,672
Housing Plus Margaret Stevenson Park - Outdoor Gym and Park Upgrade Orange-Bowen $48,829
Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Council Namoi Reserve Playground Walgett $50,000
Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Council Gingie Reserve Playground Walgett $50,000
Western Sydney
Blacktown City Council Bidwill Reserve Playground Installation Bidwill $50,000
Blacktown City Council Whalan Community Centre - air conditioning installation Whalan $30,000
Blacktown City Council Robert Brown Reserve off Flushcombe Road, Blacktown - Green screen Blacktown $39,000
Blacktown City Council Popondetta Park - upgrade of existing amenities building Emerton $50,000
Graceades Community Cottage Inc. Willmot Community Hub Engagement Express Willmot $32,000
Graceades Community Cottage Inc. Upgrade Disability Bathroom and New Tiled Flooring in Meeting Room Bidwill $42,493
Graceades Community Cottage Inc. The Cottage Gardens Bidwill $32,000
Holroyd City Council Bill Heckenberg Reserve, Merrylands - Park and Playground Improvement Project Merrylands $50,000
Hume Community Housing Association Company Ltd Creation of Telopea Rest Areas - A Community Art Project Telopea $23,830
Karabi Community & Development Services Inc. TNC Centre Maintenance and Improvement Seven Hills $24,943
Parramatta City Council Library Access and Digital Inclusion in Guildford's Public Domain Guildford $43,396
Parramatta City Council Amenity Improvements for Dundas Community Centre Telopea $44,000
Philippine Australian Community Foundation Inc. Kitchen Renovations-Philippine Australian Cultural Centre Blacktown $50,000
St Clements Anglican Church Lalor Park and Kings Langley Create More Versatile Space with Improved Acoustics in Existing Hall Lalor Park $50,000
UCA - Parramatta Nepean Presbytery Child Friendly Space, Storage and Covered Outdoor Area. Bidwill $50,000

Funding will be subject to applicants providing documentation and details required by FACS to complete a funding agreement, including land owner approval for the proposed works and evidence of development application consent (or exemption where needed).

Organisations will need to collaborate, plan and / or implement projects with local social housing tenants to maximise the benefits to social housing tenants and the broader community.

Appeals and Feedback

There are no appeals under the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund program.

Applicants may seek feedback through their local FACS District office regarding unfunded applications.

Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to speak to their local District representative and consider whether to apply for future funding rounds.

Contact Details

If you require further information, you may contact the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund team on 1800 379 184 or