Victorian Property Fund grants program - Housing funding round 2018-19

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About the funding round

The Victorian Property Fund (VPF) grants program is holding a two-stage funding round to support housing development projects that will increase the supply of affordable and environmentally sustainable community housing for low income and disadvantaged Victorians.

The process involves:

  • an invitation for expression of interest (IEOI) process, where eligible respondents are invited to put forward project funding opportunities for initial assessment; and
  • a formal grant application process, where those respondents with shortlisted proposals are invited to formally apply for a VPF grant.

For more information on funding round requirements and conditions, including how to submit a response to the IEOI, see the following documents:

You should read and consider all the documents, including 'Further information for respondents', thoroughly before submitting a response.

How much funding is available?

$21 million has been reserved for grants over three years (2018-19 to 2020-21). Competition for this funding is expected to be strong.

Who should respond?

Incorporated not-for-profit community housing organisations, with significant experience in developing and managing long-term community housing in Victoria, can respond to the IEOI.

Responses should not be made by:

  • for-profit organisations
  • state or federal government departments or agencies 
  • universities, TAFEs and other academic institutions
  • churches or religious organisations
  • local councils.

This round seeks proposals for the development of long-term housing only. Proposals for other types of housing, including crisis/emergency, transitional or respite housing, will be considered non-compliant and not further assessed. More detailed information on preferred and non-preferred proposals is provided in the IEOI.

You can ask for further clarification before the end of the clarification period specified below by email to with reference “(Your organisation’s name) – Clarification Request”.

Key dates for the expression of interest stage




Response submission period 10 September 2018 - 29 October 2018
End of clarification period
8 October 2018
Response closing time and date
6pm on Monday 29 October 2018
Response evaluation period 30 October - 17 December 2018
Respondents notified whether their response is shortlisted 18 December 2018

Grant application stage

After the expression of interest stage is completed, we intend to invite those respondents whose proposals were shortlisted to apply for a VPF grant.

All grant applications will be formally evaluated, with independent recommendations made to the Minister for Consumer Affairs by us and the Estate Agents Council. The awarding of grants is at the sole discretion of the Minister.

The expected dates for the grant application stage are:



Issuing of invitations to apply for grants 18 December 2018
Grant application closing date  21 January 2019
Grant application evaluation period January - February 2019
Ministerial decisions on applications
March 2019
Execution of funding agreements March - April 2019

Registration of interest

If you wish to receive notices about the funding round, register by sending an email to with reference “(Your organisation’s name) – Registration for Housing Round”.