Grants and Tenders

Closing Soon – Autumn 2017

27 March 2017 - NSW Govt - Social Housing Management Transfers

Registration for Access to Data Room

The Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW launched on 24 January 2016 provides a blueprint for the reform of the social housing sector in NSW. The strategy proposes an expanded set of options for addressing the needs of people seeking social housing assistance. This includes a large scale transfer of management rights to non-government providers.

To support the NSW Government’s reform strategy for social housing NSW, FACS is tendering for large scale transfers of property and tenancy management from FACS to Community Housing Providers (CHPs) through the Social Housing Management Transfers (SHMT) Program.

Under the SHMT Program FACS will award up to nine (9) packages in four Whole of Location (WOL) transfer areas, comprising approximately 14,000 properties for management by CHPs. Successful Tenderers will be required to deliver tenancy and property management services in the Service Packages as well as provide additional services associated with taking on the role as the lead provider of social housing services in the package locations The additional services are:
* Access and Demand Services
* Tenant Support Coordination Services
* Social Housing Service System Coordination.

These additional services will support the achievement of better outcomes for tenants and clients of the social housing system in NSW.

The nine packages of social housing properties are located in the following areas of NSW:
* Shoalhaven
* Mid North Coast
* Hunter New England, excluding the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas
* Northern Sydney, excluding the Ivanhoe Estate.

The SHMT Program Request for Tender is open to existing registered CHPs and new entrants capable of achieving registration through the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH).

This notice is to inform interested parties that the Request for Tender for the SHMT Program will be issued in the week commencing 27 March 2017 through the SHMT Data Room.

Organisations wishing to submit a Tender must register for access to the SHMT Data Room by 5pm on Friday, 24 March 2017.

In order to access the SHMT Data Room, you must first complete the online Registration Form via the SHMT website:

Based upon information supplied by Applicants in response to details furnished in their completed Registration Form, Applications will be either accepted or denied.

Successful Applicants will then be invited to access the SHMT Data Room via an email directly sent to them and will be eligible to submit a response to SHMT Program Request for Tender.

31 March 2017 - Commonwealth Bank Community Grants Program
Applications for the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Community Grants Program are opening soon!

As part of our Community Grants program, over the next three years we will be awarding $6 million in grants of up to $10,000 each year for three years to organisations supporting the wellbeing of Australian youth.

The Community Grants program is changing to a three year program
To support charities to deliver crucial programs over the longer term, from 2017 onwards, we will be awarding all grants for a period of three years. This means that your organisation could secure a potential $30,000 in funding.

Due to this change, the Commonwealth Bank Community Grants program will next open for applications in 2020 so don’t delay in applying for a grant this year.

Who can apply
If your organisation is delivering valuable programs in your community to support your local youth, has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and is covered under Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1997, you may be eligible to apply.

Dates to note for this year:

Applications open: 9:00am AEDT Monday, 6 March 2017
Applications close: 11:59pm AEDT Friday, 31 March 2017
Successful recipients announced: Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Visit for more information and start preparing your application. Our Community has a range of tips for writing grant applications available. You may find these useful when preparing your application.

10 May 2017 - Dignity First Round Two

Dignity First Fund

The Queensland Government established the Dignity First Fund in 2016 to deliver innovative responses that help people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.

The first $2.5 million funding round closed on 30 September 2016, with 24 applications receiving funding for a diverse range of projects that are delivering a wide range of essential services to homeless people in our community.

On 15 February 2017 a second, $2.5 million funding round was announced that will open on 15 March 2017.

This round seeks practical proposals that help and prevent homelessness or meet the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • target services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, youth, women and children escaping domestic violence, older people
  • respond to homelessness in regional and remote parts of Queensland.

Applicants must have an active ABN and deliver the funded service in Queensland.

How to apply

Applications for the Dignity First Fund 2017 will open on 15 March 2017 and close on 10 May 2017. You can register your interest in this Fund by emailing