Housing and Homelessness Service Improvement Programme

$21.13 M is available for activities that support housing and homelessness through research, peak bodies, innovative projects.
Housing and Homelessness Service Improvement Programme


The Housing and Homelessness Service Improvement and Sector Support Activity provides support for housing and homelessness through research, peak bodies, innovative projects.



The Housing and Homelessness Service Improvement and Sector Support Activity aims to:

  • Build the research evidence base for effective policy that addresses homelessness and housing affordability over the long term;
  • Identify best practice models, which can be promoted and replicated, that will enhance existing housing and homelessness policies and programmes;
  • Build the capacity of the community sector to improve linkages and networks; and
  • Raise awareness of housing and homelessness issues at all levels of government and across the community.




Under this Sub-Activity service providers may be funded by the Commonwealth to establish and contribute to an evidence base that identifies housing and homelessness issues and effective ways of responding to the housing needs of all Australians. The research is targeted to meet Government policy priorities.


Peak Bodies

Under this Sub-Activity, funding may be provided to applicable peak organisations to represent individuals and service providers relevant to DSS’s policy development and service delivery responsibilities.

These organisations must:

  • be national in scope and community based
  • be concerned with issues of relevance to the needs of the Australian community with respect to housing and homelessness
  • have a broad membership base and processes in place to effectively represent their members’ views, reflected in their reporting and communication channels, financial resources, external credibility, and internal accountability requirements
  • act as a conduit for information flow between the Government and their members, drawing together views on issues of relevance to their members and providing a consultative mechanism for DSS
  • have a primary focus on policy development and advice and
  • not duplicate the representational work on behalf of its constituency compared with other peaks funded by DSS.


Innovative Projects

Under this Sub-Activity service providers may be funded for innovative projects that could be identified as best practice models and be promoted and replicated to enhance existing housing and homelessness policies and programmes.


Emerging Australian Government priorities

Under this Sub-Activity grant funding may be provided for projects or initiatives that support the growth and responsiveness of the housing and homelessness sector that contribute to improve housing affordability; reduce the impact of homelessness; and inform housing and homelessness policy development.

Funding may be applied for sponsorship activities by organisations to represent their sector. Where the funding is to be used for Sponsorship Activities, the target group are individuals and the broader community working with or affected by housing and homelessness issues. A range of activities may be eligible for support, such as small community-based events, specialty weeks and events/Awards, or the costs of organising a conference.



A total of up to $21.13 million is available over four years from 1 July 2014.


Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation. We are an independent grants consultancy and not affiliated, associated nor endorsed by any government agency.

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Contact us to see how we can assist you.



Applications should be submitted by 5:00pm AEST, Wednesday 23 July 2014.


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