Victorian Property Fund grants program - housing funding round 2017-18

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About the funding round

The Victorian Property Fund (VPF) grants program is holding a two-stage funding round to support Registered Housing Agencies carry out development projects that will increase the supply of long-term affordable housing for low income and disadvantaged Victorians.

The process involves:

  • an invitation for expression of interest (IEOI) process, where Registered Housing Agencies 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 thoroughly before submitting a response.

How much funding is available?

$20 million has been reserved for grants over three years (2017-18 to 2019-20). Competition for this funding is expected to be strong.

Who should respond?

Not-for-profit community housing organisations that have obtained Registered Housing Agency status under Part VIII of the Housing Act 1983, and which have 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
  • not-for-profit community housing organisations that are not Registered Housing Agencies
  • state or federal government departments or agencies 
  • universities, TAFEs and other academic institutions
  • churches or religious organisations (except through a separate but affiliated Registered Housing Agency)
  • local councils.

The 2017-18 round seeks proposals for the development of long-term housing only.

Proposals for other types of housing, 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 vpf.grant.enquiries@justice.vic.gov.au with reference “(Your organisation’s name) – Clarification Request”.

Key dates for the expression of interest stage

 

Stage

Date

Response submission period 1 November 2017 to 11 December 2017
End of clarification period
27 November 2017
Response closing time and date
5:00pm Monday 11 December 2017
Response evaluation period 12 December - 31 January 2018
Respondents notified whether their response is shortlisted 31 January 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:

Stage

Date

Issuing of invitations to apply for grants 31 January 2018
Grant application closing date  5:00pm Friday 9 February 2018
Grant application evaluation period February - April 2018
Ministerial decisions on applications
April/May 2018
Execution of funding agreements May/June 2018

Registration of interest

If you wish to receive notices about the funding round, register by sending an email to vpf.grant.enquiries@justice.vic.gov.auwith reference “(Your organisation’s name) – Registration for Housing Round”.