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Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF)
Program ID: 13086
This program aims to create better and stronger social housing communities by improving local amenities through the provision of a one off grant to undertake physical improvements adjacent to, or on, social housing communities or sites.

One-off grants of up to $50,000 are available. Applicants are encouraged to partner with other stakeholders to leverage additional resources, if needed. Applications should describe all co-contributions towards project delivery, including matched funding, voluntary labour and donated materials.

As announced in the 2015-16 NSW Budget, the government has committed a total funding of $20 million for three years (approximately $6 million per year) for this program.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include:
- Local councils
- Organisations registered under NSW legislation administered by the Department of Fair Trading or similar (e.g. associations, co-operatives)
- Charities
- Special purpose organisations created by statute
- Companies
- Trusts
- Aboriginal land councils registered under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)
- Indigenous corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)

Applicants must demonstrate that they have the capacity and experience to deliver the project.

Please review the Guidelines for complete information on eligibility requirements.
Eligible Activities
Eligible projects include those that:
- Improve community infrastructure/facilities such as meeting spaces, community gardens and common areas.
- Enhance open space to provide additional or improved recreation areas.
- Improve social safety.
- Increase accessibility for older people or people with a disability.
- Facilitate better integration between social housing and the surrounding community.

Please review the Guidelines for complete information on eligible projects.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include whether the 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 without SHCIF funding.
- Can be delivered within proposed budget.
- Can be completed before 30 September 2017.
Applies to
GuidelinesMarch 2017
FAQsMarch 2017
Applicant User GuideMarch 2017
Question GuideMarch 2017
Tips for Grant WritingMarch 2017
RecipientsMarch 2017
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Pending
Start Application 15 April 2016
Opening Date 29 April 2016
Closing Date 9 June 2016
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.
Funding Type Grant
Maximum Funding $50,000
Total Funding Pool $20.0M
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive Yes
Location New South Wales
General - Non-Industry Specific
Infrastructure / Equipment
Difficulty Rating
NSW Department of Family and Community Services
Program Administrator
NSW Department of Family and Community Services
Telephone 1800 379 184
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Program Website Visit website