What is Indian Community Infrastructure Fund?

The Indian Community Infrastructure Fund (ICIF) is a grant that will support local community infrastructure projects that help maintain, upgrade, renovate and construct facilities used by Victoria’s Indian communities. Projects must be finalised by 31 May 2021.

 

Background

Victoria is proudly home to nearly 170,000 people of Indian heritage, making it the largest Indian community in Australia. In 2018, the Victorian Government committed to further invest in improving and enhancing the facilities Indian communities use to gather, celebrate and share their traditions.

The Indian Community Infrastructure Fund (ICIF) is underpinned by Victoria’s Multicultural Policy Statement which ensures that every Victorian can thrive in a peaceful and prosperous society; with a shared sense of belonging, respect, acceptance and contribution.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the ICIF are:

  • to invest in community facilities, so that the people with Indian ancestry can meaningfully celebrate, preserve and share their traditions
  • better, more secure, safe, accessible and higher quality facilities for Indian communities in Victoria
  • to help upgrade facilities that will be home to cross-cultural partnerships and activities which enhance social cohesion across Victoria

 

Funding

There are two funding streams for applicants:

  1. Small Stream: $10,000$100,000 for minor upgrades and renovations
  2. Large Stream: $100,001$500,000 for larger projects and new builds

 

Eligible Projects

Your application must align strongly with the ICIF’s objectives and Victoria’s Multicultural Policy Statement. Priority will be given to projects located in regional Victoria.

Works on an existing community facility like:

  • maintenance— painting, tiling or structural repairs such as roofing, plumbing or flooring works
  • upgrades— kitchen or bathroom upgrades, energy efficiency improvements
  • renovations—extensions or internal remodelling to improve accessibility or create new rooms, kitchen or bathroom replacement, heating and cooling systems
  • security upgrades to an existing community facility which are not electronic in nature — securing doors or windows, lighting, facade works, fencing and perimeter security
  • outdoor areas – pergolas, playgrounds, fencing, garden beds

In the Large Stream, it may be possible for a grant to support a new-build project.

You must clearly list any assets you want to buy in the project application form. These are subject to approval by the Department.

 

Eligible Applicants

You must:

  • be a not-for-profit entity registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic)
  • demonstrate that the funding will be used directly to provide Indian communities in Victoria with better, more accessible and higher quality facilities

Indian communities in Victoria are defined as any community that identifies as having Indian ancestry.

And you must have:

  • a current Australian Business Number (ABN), and
  • no outstanding accountability reports or final reports required for any Multicultural Affairs funded grants.

Auspice arrangements are not permitted under the ICIF program.

 

Timing

Applications close 20 February 2020.

 

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