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.
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.
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:
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.
Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains
South Western Sydney
Illawarra Shoalhaven and Southern NSW
Far West, Murrumbidgee and Western NSW
Central Coast and Hunter New England
Northern NSW and Mid-North Coast
South Eastern Sydney, Sydney and Northern Sydney
Airds / Bradbury
Albury – Springdale Heights
Ambarvale / Rosemeadow
Coffs Harbour - Argyll Street
Coffs Harbour - Toormina
Bathurst - Kelso
Goobellebah - Phillip
Goobellebah - Shearman
Tamworth - Coledale
Taree - Bushland
Taree - Ruprecht
Goulburn -Marys Mount
Leeton - Wattle Hill
Wagga Wagga -Ashmont
Queanbeyan - Karabar
Wagga Wagga -Korringal
Wagga Wagga -Tolland
Wentworth Shire - Namatjira Aboriginal Community and Dareton
The application process is open to:
NSW Government agencies are not eligible to apply for funding.
Types of work that will be considered for funding include the contribution to construction of new capital works, and refurbishment and repairs of existing facilities.
Grants are for projects that:
Priority will be given to projects that:
Organisations can submit multiple applications for funding for different project sites. Please note that SHCIF funding is capped at $50,000 per project address. This means that if you received $30,000 of funding in Round 1, you would be eligible to apply for $20,000 in Round 4 for the same project address, but different project activities.
Applicants must demonstrate in their application that they 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.
In the application, applicants need to indicate whether they own the land or have sought approval from the appropriate land owner/s. If consent is needed, approval must be secured in writing before March 2018.
To read case studies and see photos from successful projects, head to the page ‘Successful SHCIF projects – Case studies’.
Applications can be made online at https://socialhousing.smartygrants.com.au/SHCIF_Round4.
To ensure your project proposal meets the program guidelines before starting an application, read the following documents:
The SHCIF application form asks applicants to describe their project activities, deliverables and budget, and how the project will benefit social housing communities. At different points in the application you will be asked to attach documents including:
There are two assessment stages – eligibility and merit-based assessment.
During the eligibility stage, we will check that:
Eligible grant applications are then assessed competitively with other projects on merit against the assessment criteria.
Each application needs to demonstrate that the proposed project:
Consideration of internal FACS market analysis information may also be used to guide the assessment process.
FACS will advise all applicants of the outcome of their grant submission via email by February 2018.
All successful projects will be published on www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SHCIF
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 SHCIF@facs.nsw.gov.au.