Capacity Grants: sector wide project funding

As part of the Capacity Grants program funding is available for sector wide capacity building projects to assist registered community housing providers (CHPs).

Who can apply?

Applications are welcomed from any of the representative peak bodies (list at end of the guidelines) or groups of CHPs for grants to support sector-wide capacity building in one of the four areas identified in the program. These areas are risk management, property development, finance and business planning.

The types of project this funding is aimed at supporting are those that seek to:

  • build individual organisational capacity – e.g. sector training, models and tools.
  • seek to address barriers to CHPs developing or investing in their own dwellings – e.g. projects to support co-investment with government that could result in additional use of NHFIC finance
  • improve general practice – e.g. asset management, procurement practice, business planning and risk management guidelines
  • could create efficiencies and thus enable smaller providers to access funding – e.g. the production of legal templates.

For more information, please download the full guidelines here

Capacity Grants (individual CHOs)

While initial loans have been to larger CHOs, NHFIC wants to encourage applications from smaller and medium-sized CHOs. NHFIC has therefore funded CHIA to administer grants to eligible CHOs, for Professional Advisory Services from consultants on an approved Panel that will help with NHFIC loan applications.

Key conditions for the grants are:

  • Grants of up to $20,000 (GST inclusive) available to CHOs registered as Tier 1, 2 and 3 (under the National Regulatory System, and the WA Regulatory Framework), and ‘Housing Associations and Housing Providers’ (by the Victorian Housing Registrar).
  • Grant referrals to CHIA from NHFIC, based on CHOs providing at least an initial expression of interest for AHBA or NHIF finance. CHOs can select consultants from names on the approved Panel.
  • Grants should be targeted at assisting CHOs in applying for AHBA or NHIF finance, with a focus on providing Professional Advisory Services in the following area: finance, business planning, property development and risk management.

Key Dates

Two funding rounds were held in Feb 2021 and July 2021. A third round has been confirmed for February 2022. The deadline for this round will be 28 February.

If you are interested in applying, CHIA welcomes initial enquiries to discuss your project. Please contact Joanna via email.

Applications can be made online here 

The Professional Advisory Services Panel

Consultants who are part of the Professional Advisory Services panel established for this program are listed below. The table has website links in the name column, indicates state or territories able to work in and further information on contacts and services.

If you are interested in applying to be on the panel, please contact CHIA via [email protected]

Name ACT NSW Northern Territory Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria WA Contact and services offered
Affordable Development OutcomesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesAffordable Development Outcomes
Affordable Housing ManagementYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes Affordable Housing Management
Alistair McFarlanen/an/an/an/aYesn/an/an/aAlistair McFarlane
Caldrex Capitaln/aYesYesYesYesn/aYesn/aCaldrex
Capetal AdvisoryYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes Capetal
Carrie HamiltonYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes Carrie Hamilton
Dentons Australia YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesDentons
Ernst & Young AustraliaYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesErnst & Young
Epic Dot Pty Ltdn/aYesn/aYesn/aYesYesn/aEpic Dot Gov Pty Ltd
Griffith Universityn/aYesYesYesYesn/aYesn/aGriffith University
HillPDA ConsultingYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesHillPDA
Hornsby & Co YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesHornsby & Co
ICA PartnersYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesICA Partners
Jeffrey Logann/an/an/an/an/an/an/aYesJeffrey Logan
KPMGYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes KPMG
Leadenhall Valuation Services LtdYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesLeadenhall Valuation Services Ltd
Mihno GroupYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesMihno
Morrison Lown/aYesn/aYesYesYesYesYesMorrison Low
Nexia Edwards Marshalln/aYesYesn/aYesYesYesn/aNexia Edwards
Quintessential Financen/aYesn/aYesYesn/an/an/a Quintessential Finance
RAW Business Advisory n/an/an/aYesn/an/an/an/aRaw
Social Scaffoldingn/an/an/aYesn/an/an/an/aSocial Scaffolding
Social Ventures AustraliaYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesSocial Ventures
Solute Consulting n/aYesYesYesn/an/aYesn/aSolute
Sphere CompanyYesYesn/aYesYesYesYesYesSphere
Strategic Small Business Solutions YesYesn/aYesn/an/aYesn/aSSBC