Affordable Housing Innovation Fund

Applications are now open for the 2019 funding round and close at 5:00pm on Monday 27 May 2019.

The ACT Government has established the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund to encourage and support new approaches to increasing the supply of affordable housing in the ACT.

The focus of the Innovation Fund is to increase the supply of affordable rental housing options for households who are in housing stress in the private rental market, or are looking for options other than public housing.

We are looking to support pilot projects, and provide funding to support the initial stages of innovative new programs until they can become self-sustaining.

Organisations are invited to apply for funding to support projects within one or more of the following categories:

  1. Disability Accommodation Project

    In this model we are seeking expressions of interest from the private or community sector to come forward with projects that boost the supply of accessible low-cost accommodation for either rent or purchase targeted at persons living with a disability. The project may be on existing privately leased land or may be on a site released under the Government’s new affordable or community housing targets from within the annual land release program.

    Grants of $5,000 - $125,000 are available for projects in this category.

  2. Supportive Housing Project on Underutilised Community Facility Land

    In this model we are seeking interest from lessees of underutilised community facility land to access funding to facilitate projects that boost the supply of affordable supported accommodation. This could be further targeted (but not limited) to cohorts in the greatest need including elderly women, families escaping domestic violence, or persons transitioning out of the justice system.

    Grants of $5,000 - $125,000 are available for projects in this category.

  3. Accommodation for Low Income Families Escaping Domestic Violence

    In this model we are seeking interest from the private or community sector to come forward with projects that boost the supply of specialist housing for this cohort. The project may be on existing privately leased land or may be on a site released under the Government’s new affordable or community housing targets from within the indicative land release program.

    Grants of $5,000 - $125,000 are available for projects in this category.

  4. Other Innovative Approaches to Boosting Affordable Housing Supply

    In this model we are looking for any new projects or ideas that could potentially boost the supply of affordable housing.

    Grants of $5,000 - $125,000 are available for projects in this category.

  5. Home Sharing

    In this model homeowners with a spare room in their own property are matched with low income tenants seeking affordable rental accommodation, in exchange for providing assistance around the home.

    Grants of $5,000 - $220,000 are available for projects in this category.

Applicants should read the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund Guidelines for further information about the objectives of the Fund, links to similar programs operating elsewhere, and the criteria for assessment of applications.

All applications must be submitted via the online Innovation Fund: to support new approaches to affordable housing application form. The SmartyGrants website will guide you through the steps you need to take to complete and submit your form.

Hardcopy or email applications will not be accepted.

For more information about the Innovation Fund and the application process, please email the Innovation Fund Program Manager at affordablehousing@act.gov.au.

For further information, call Access Canberra on 13 22 81, email affordablehousing@act.gov.au or submit an enquiry online.

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