Retrofit funds for community housing up for grabs

Community housing organisations can apply for funding to retrofit their properties to improve water efficiency with the aim of saving water and reducing costs.

South East Water, City West Water and Yarra Valley Water in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have created aCommunity Housing Retrofit Program (CHRP).

CHRP provides assistance to emergency and community housing organisations to repair leaks and repair or replace faulty water appliances across Victoria.

Eligible organisations include refugee housing, domestic violence shelters or short term housing for displaced persons.

Some of the retrofit works available under this program are:

  • Showerhead replacement
  • Repair or replacement of single flush toilet suites
  • Leak detection
  • Leak repair, including underground pipes and internal appliances and fixtures
  • Hot water service adjustment repair and/or replacement
  • Water and energy efficient appliance replacement such as washing machines and dishwashers
  • Additional related plumbing works

Click here for details of how to apply.

$50 million in grants for creative NFPs

The Macquarie Group has pledge to donate a total of$50 million, over five years, to drive social change.

The funds are to be distributed globally among five NFPs for projects that show lasting community benefit and have a ‘defined approach to measuring social impact’.

Macquarie Group CEO, Nicholas Moore says, ‘Our people have devoted thousands of hours to work with non-profit organisations around the world and contributed over $330 million to drive social change at the local community level.

‘We are delighted to mark our 50th anniversary by extending this tradition with a further $50 million commitment to initiate or build on bold ideas which address areas of social need.’

Applicants must be a registered NFP  with aminimum annual revenue of $4 million, a board of directors, and audited financial statements.

Macquarie Group Foundation chair Shemara Wikramanayake says, ‘We encourage non-profits to be imaginative in their thinking about the enduring outcomes they can achieve with this funding.’

Applications are now open and close in mid-November, with winners announced in May 2019.


The Myer Innovation Fellowships are being offered to people with ground-breaking ideas that will tackle poverty and disadvantage; education; or sustainability and environment and need a year to develop an action plan.

Successful Fellows will receive $120,000 for their 12-month commitment to the program and an additional $30,000 for approved expenses such as work space, rent, travel and contracting of external expertise.

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VPF funding round opens

The Victorian Property Fund (VPF) has opened a $21 million funding round over three years to support housing development projects that will increase the supply of affordable and environmentally sustainable community housing for low income and disadvantaged Victorians.

All projects must be completed by June 2021.

The two-stage funding round involves completing an invitation for expression of interest (IEOI). Shortlisted proposals will then be invited to formally apply for a grant.

This round seeks proposals for the development of long-term housing, and is open to incorporated not-for-profit community housing organisations (both registered and non-registered).

Interested organisations should read through the Invitation for Expression of Interest (IEOI) documents carefully and submit their application by Monday, October 29, 2018. Requests for clarification can be made up to October 8.

The round is expected to be very competitive.

Click here for details.