Social Housing Community Improvement Fund

SHCIF Round 4 Grants (2018)

A major aim of Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW, which sets out the NSW Government’s vision for social housing over the next 10 years, is to create a better customer experience in social housing.

Future Directions sets out a range of initiatives to support stronger and safer communities with improved amenity, community facilities and physical environments, including the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.

Improving liveability, strengthening communities

The Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) is a program by the NSW Government, awarding grants to local organisations to improve physical surrounds, facilities and amenities in social housing communities.

To date, close to $17 million has been awarded for projects delivering a range of initiatives for social housing communities. This funding is making a positive impact to liveability and amenity for social housing tenants across NSW. By delivering these initiatives, the program is creating a better experience for people living in social housing.

Projects delivered through SHCIF have seen a rebirth of community gardens, public parks and sporting fields and structural and cosmetic improvements to local facilities such as community centres and community halls.

Applications now open for Round 4

The NSW Government is expanding the program to a fourth and final round, with $1.2 million available for new and innovative projects for social housing communities who have had little to no previous SHCIF funding awarded.

Applications open at 9am (AEDT) Thursday 16 November 2017 and close at 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 13 December 2017. Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

One-off grants of between $35,000 and $50,000 will be awarded for:

  • physical improvements projects which can help make a substantial difference to the amenity and liveability of a significant population of social housing residents,
  • projects which seek to deliver a whole of community benefit to a large or significant public space (e.g. parks, community facilities, community gardens and sporting grounds,
  • projects where consultation with local communities and planning is advanced enough that, with sufficient funding, work can commence by March 2018, and
  • organisations that have strong capacity and experience to deliver a project no later than March 2019 or within 12 months, less if the contract is not executed by March 2018.

Any community can apply for funding. However, select social housing communities that have received little or no SHCIF funding in previous rounds will be prioritised. This process will make it easier for specific locations to apply for a grant through the SHCIF program.

More Information

If you have any questions or want to talk to someone about this grant program, you can call the SHCIF hotline on 1800 379 184 or email