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Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program

The Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program is an important investment by the Victorian Government which enables Aboriginal organisations to build new community infrastructure or to repair, refurbish or expand existing community infrastructure to meet the emerging needs of Aboriginal Victorians. 

Improving Aboriginal community infrastructure is fundamental to the pursuit of self-determination and social and economic development for Aboriginal Victorians.

Key dates

Open date: 2pm, Monday 22 July 2019

Close date: 2pm, Monday 9 September 2019

What types of projects might be funded? 

Category 1: Repairs and Minor Works (Up to $150,000 plus GST)

Apply for Repairs and Minor Works

Funding for maintenance and new works that will support Aboriginal organisations to improve infrastructure for their communities.

Category 2: Feasibility Studies/Business Case (Up to $50,000 plus GST)

Apply for Feasibility Studies/Business Case

Funding to develop and deliver a fully scoped and fully costed feasibility study or business case to establish a rationale to redevelop, refurbish, expand or build infrastructure that will make a significant difference in the lives of Aboriginal Victorians. 

Please note there will be no Feasibility Studies/Business Cases category offered in the next round of the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program in 2020/21.

Category 3: Capital Works and Upgrades ($150,000 - $1,500,000 plus GST)

Apply for Capital Works and Upgrades

Funding to support Aboriginal organisations redevelop, refurbish or expand existing facilities or construct new community facilities or infrastructure that responds to the needs of Aboriginal communities in Victoria.

Who can apply?

Applicants must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • be an incorporated Aboriginal organisation registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria, the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, or a body corporate constituted under section 8 of the Aboriginal Lands Act 1970 (Vic) 
  • possess an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the Goods and Services (GST) tax
  • be financially solvent

Auspice organisations, including local councils, are eligible to apply for funding on behalf of Aboriginal organisations.

Application guidelines 

Before making an application for grant funding you should carefully read the program guidelines.

Applicants may submit only 1 application per funding round. 

Aboriginal_Community_Infrastructure_Program_Guidelines_2019-20_Final.pdf Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program Guidelines.pdfPDF (1.85 MB)

Contact us 

During business hours on the Grants Information Line 1300 366 356.

The Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Fund

The Program forms part of the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Fund, a significant investment from the Victorian Government of $21.7 million to support self-determination and the economic capacity and sustainability of Aboriginal organisations.

This Fund also includes funding of $5.4 million towards the First Mortgage and Community Infrastructure Program to accelerate the removal of first mortgages over properties owned by Aboriginal organisations.