Victorian Government Capital Grants
Expressions of interest from schools wishing to participate in the final round of the Victorian Government Non-Government Schools Capital Fund for projects commencing in 2023 are now open.
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:
Projects in category 1 and 2 must have a construction period of 18 months or less.
Projects in category 3 and 4 must have a construction period of 12 months or less.
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 portal, where they will be assessed by both the VIS BGA and the Department against the criteria below:
For more details, please see the Program Guidelines as published by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training, available below in Links and Resources.
Timelines for each round of the Fund are set out below:
The application and assessment process for Round 3 will follow the timeline below:
The Victorian Independent Schools Block Grant Authority (VISBGA) is now calling for expressions of interest from schools wishing to participate in the final round of the Victorian Government Non-Government Schools Capital Fund. Funding is available for eligible projects commencing in the 2023 calendar year.
Schools wishing to apply for funding must be able to demonstrate a financial and educational need for assistance. The VISBGA Board performs a detailed financial assessment in order to establish the extent to which the school and its community may be able to contribute towards the total cost of the project, which includes an assessment of the school’s capacity to borrow.
Schools wishing to participate should complete an Expression of Interest (form available below) and submit to the VISBGA by Friday 15 October 2021.
Schools expressing an interest in the Program may be contacted by VISBGA for further discussion, and a meeting with VISBGA representatives may be arranged if required.
Capital funding briefings were held for schools in early September via Zoom. If your school was unable to participate, or you would like to revisit the information, recordings of both sessions are available on isConnect. The presentations cover eligibility requirements and program timelines and provide an overview of the application and assessment process.