Social Housing Community Improvement Fund application time extended

Community groups, councils and charities can apply for $8 million worth of state government funding to help build or improve community facilities used by social housing tenants.

Minister for Social Housing and Goulburn MP Pru Goward has encouraged these groups to apply after the latest round of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) was extended.

Applications for round three of the SHCIF have been extended by two weeks, giving community groups and non-government organisations more time to apply for the one-off grants of between $2000 and $50,000.

Ms Goward said the SHCIF was designed to improve outcomes for social housing tenants through improved communal spaces that could also be used by the community.

“The SHCIF funds investment in communal facilities that can be enjoyed by both social housing tenants and the broader community alike,” she said.

“This is a great opportunity for community organisations to develop and implement projects that will make a real difference in the lives of social housing tenants and help us break the cycle of disadvantage by reducing any feeling of isolation.”

Ms Goward said since 2015 the SHCIF has invested in close 300 projects across NSW to help build or improve facilities and communal areas used by people living in social housing.

“These grants assist in improving the lives of our most vulnerable and I encourage all local organisations with ideas on how to community spaces used by social housing tenants to apply for round three grants.”

Applications for round three of the SHCIF will now close at 5pm on May 24.

Visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/SHCIF for a full list of previous projects and details of how to apply.

Further information is also available by contacting the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund team on 1800 379 184 or email SHCIF@facs.nsw.gov.au.