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Victorian Government Capital Grants


The Victorian Government Non-Government Schools Capital Fund 2019-20 to 2022-23 is providing $402 million to help build and upgrade Catholic and Independent schools in Victoria, with approximately $120 million available for the Independent sector over the four rounds of funding.

To be eligible to apply, a school must be a participant, or prospective participant, in the Victorian Independent Schools Block Grant Authority (VIS BGA).

Grants may be allocated across four project categories:

  1. Building new schools in areas of Victoria experiencing significant enrolment demand
  2. Expanding capacity at existing schools in areas of Victoria experiencing significant enrolment demand
  3. Upgrading facilities in existing schools according to need (includes the replacement of existing relocatable classrooms)
  4. Planned removal of asbestos and/or dangerous cladding.

Projects in category 1 and 2 must have a construction period of 18 months or less, and schools may apply for a maximum grant of $5 million.

Projects in category 3 and 4 must have a construction period of 12 months or less, and schools may apply for a maximum grant of $2 million.

Schools may not receive more than one grant over the four rounds of funding for a project in category 1, 2 or 3. Schools may be eligible to receive a separate grant for a project in category 4 that solely addresses cladding and/or asbestos issues as part of a planned removal process.

Applications must be submitted online through the Department of Education and Training’s SmartyGrants system, where they will be assessed by both the VIS BGA and the Department against the criteria below. Applications that best meet the criteria will be prioritised for funding.

For further details, please see the Operational Guidelines as published by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training, available in ‘Links, resources and downloads’, below.

Program timelines

Timelines for each round of the Fund are set out below:

The application and assessment process will be the same each year and will follow the broad timeline below:

Apply for funding

Applications are closed for the current round of the Victorian Government Capital Grants Program.

The next round of funding will be for projects commencing in the 2022 calendar year. Interested schools will be invited to participate in an information briefing in August 2020.

A copy of the presentation delivered at the Capital Funding Briefing held in August 2019 is available in isConnect. The presentation provides an overview of capital funding programs offered through both the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Please do not hesitate to contact the VIS BGA with any queries. Contact details are available below.

ISV contacts

If you have any queries, please contact:

Lindy McArdle
Manager Grants Administration VISBGA
Ph. 9825 7218

Rhiannon Matthews
Program Officer VISBGA
Ph. 9825 7214