- Who can apply:
- Not-for-profit groups
- Open, closing in 56 days
- $50,000 - $1,600,000
The Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program (ACIP) is a grants program which enables Aboriginal organisations to build new fit-for-purpose infrastructure or to repair, refurbish or expand existing infrastructure to support Aboriginal Victorians to thrive, and live self-determined and culturally rich lives.
To meet the needs of Aboriginal Victorians, the program supports organisations to:
- improve the delivery and responsiveness of services to communities
- improve cultural connectedness and community safety
- improve health and well being of communities
- improve education and economic participation opportunities for communities.
The Department of Government Services (DGS) is engaged to administer ACIP on behalf of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). A project control group consisting of representatives from both Departments oversees the Program.
Applicants must contact DGS on ACIP@ecodev.vic.gov.au to discuss their project proposal prior to submission.
Category 1: Repairs and minor works (up to $300,000 plus GST)
Funding for maintenance and minor building works that will support Aboriginal organisations.
Grant funding under this category might be used to:
- repair or replace permanent fixtures and fittings
- undertake cosmetic works, including repairs, painting, replacing carpets/flooring
- improve communal spaces such as kitchens, general amenities, meeting rooms, outdoor spaces
- improve the environmental performance of the building, for example, the installation of solar panels
- improve the safety or accessibility of the building.
Successful projects in Category 1 must begin within 6 months of funding agreements. They must be completed within 18 months.
Category 2: Capital works and upgrades ($300,000–$1.6 million plus GST)
Funding to support Aboriginal organisations to build, redevelop, refurbish or expand infrastructure.
Grant funding under this category might be used to:
- expand existing community facilities
- undertake works to improve facility use, layout or accessibility
- renovate and/or remodel a facility to enhance community use
- create culturally appropriate spaces for communities to gather
- improve existing facilities to support service delivery needs
- construct new purpose-built facilities.
Successful projects under Category 2 must begin within 18 months of funding agreements. They must be completed within 3 years.
Category 3: Project planning (up to $200,000 plus GST)
Funding to develop one of two infrastructure planning phases.
- Option 1 - To prepare a feasibility study to ensure an infrastructure proposal is viable, meets the needs of the organisation and the communities served. This study should assess and develop costs for the proposal. It may also include the development of concept designs.
- Option 2 - To complete design activities to refine the concept designs and/or progress the design of the proposal until the tender stage.
Grant funding might be used to:
- hire a new staff member or supplement the salary of an existing staff member. They will contribute to specific components of the project
- engage a range of experts to progress the designs, or, hire a quantity surveyor to develop ideas and solutions. Experts can include (but are not limited to):
- architectural, building, Building Code Australia (including Disability Discrimination Act), town planning advice, geotechnical and soil testing.
- Organisations may only submit 1 application per funding round.
- Organisations may only apply under 1 category per funding round.
- Organisations may only apply for 1 Project Planning option per funding round.
- An application should relate to 1 project site only, unless a strong rationale, such as a financial savings or building efficiency can be demonstrated.
Please read the guidelines for further details on the application process, including eligibility, assessment criteria, and essential supporting documents.
Building the Aboriginal community-controlled sector is a key priority area of the Victorian Closing the Gap Implementation Plan which was tabled in the Victorian parliament in June 2021.
Investment in Aboriginal community infrastructure is fundamental to strengthening the community-controlled sector and, as recognised in the recently updated 30-year Victorian Infrastructure Strategy 2021-2051, infrastructure is a critical foundation from which Aboriginal organisations can pursue self- determination, as well as social and economic development, cultural safety, resilience, and service provision for Aboriginal Victorians to thrive and live culturally rich lives.
The Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2018-2023 also sets a clear direction for how the Victorian Government will plan, act, measure and evaluate change, address inequity and deliver stronger outcomes for and with Aboriginal Victorians.
The framework acknowledges the right to self-determination and recognises that only when Aboriginal people are central to the decision-making processes that affect their lives, will sustained and long-term changes in health and wellbeing and economic prosperity be achieved.
Investment in Aboriginal community infrastructure is fundamental to the pursuit of self-determination, social and economic development, cultural safety and resilience, and helping Aboriginal Victorians to thrive and live culturally rich lives.
Self-determination requires a transformation of the relationship between government and Aboriginal communities. This means supporting Aboriginal organisations to determine how, when and why to develop community infrastructure.
Renewed and strategic investment in Aboriginal community infrastructure will enable Aboriginal communities to pursue self-determination by:
- empowering Victorian Aboriginal organisations to develop and sustain a strong economic base and assets from which to pursue socio-economic development
- capitalising on the knowledge and expertise of Aboriginal organisations to deliver innovative and best practice programs and services for Aboriginal people
- providing an economic and physical platform to maintain, develop and celebrate connection to culture and Country.
Information provided to DGS and DPC in Program applications will be used to assist DGS and DPC to assess eligibility and suitability for the Program and to prepare funding agreements. Any personal information that is provided will be handled in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and other applicable laws.
DGS or DPC, its officers, employees, agents and sub-contractors may use and disclose any of the information provided with the application to Victorian Government departments or agencies, Victorian Government bodies, non-government organisations and/or the Commonwealth, states or territories for any purpose in connection with the administration of the Program.
Successful applications may also be the subject of media releases and disclosure as otherwise provided in the ‘Terms and Conditions’ of the Funding Agreement.
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