Aboriginal Community Housing Investment Fund (ACHIF) Opens December 4, 2020

2 December 2020

The $50 million Aboriginal Community Housing Investment Fund (ACHIF) recently announced by the NSW Government builds on consultation undertaken with the Aboriginal Community Housing Sector during 2020.

The aim is to provide grant funding to:

  1. Grow new supply and carry out repairs and upgrades for community owned housing.
  2. Deliver improved living conditions and help reduce homelessness and overcrowding issues.
  3. Support the construction industry and associated trades with a focus on local and Aboriginal employment opportunities.

All Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) registered Aboriginal Community Housing Providers (ACHPs) are eligible to apply.

LALCs not registered with the AHO are encouraged to partner with registered AHO and National Registration Scheme (NRS) providers.

Application timeframes are fast approaching, with the two-staged tender process as follows:

  • Stage 1 – opens 4 December 2020 and closes 10 January 2021
  • Stage 2 – should funding remain, a second tender will run early in the new year and close 17 March 2021.

If LALCs wish to be invited to make an application for an ACHIF grant, you will need to register your details with e-Tender. Please find attachment links to the step-by- step registration guide at the end of this Network Message.

Possible projects are wide-ranging and may include general repairs and improvements, living standard and cost of living works, structural and major repairs, disability and ageing modification, scoping works for second round of tender stage, new builds, extensions, and carports, pergolas and sheds.

Proposals will be considered based on the complexity of projects, delivery risk and demonstrated community benefits. The deadline to complete and release all ACHIF grant funding is 30 June 2022.

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) strongly encourages LALCs to review the attached presentation, to consider if the ACHIF is relevant to their circumstances.

For LALCs that need NSWALC support or assistance in submitting a funding application, please reach out to your relevant Zone office in the first instance.

Further questions, specific to the ACHIF can be directed to Kate Brooks at the AHO via email at kate.brooks@facs.nsw.gov.au.

Attachments:

  1. NSW eTendering registration process
  2. ACHIF Presentation & Summary

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