What is Safe Places Emergency Accommodation?

Safe Places Emergency Accommodation is a grant to deliver new emergency and crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. It could also fund purchasing/renovations/repurposing of buildings, where it creates new emergency accommodation.

 

Background

The Australian Government has announced $78 million (GST exclusive) for the Safe Places package to provide safe places for people impacted by domestic and family violence. This includes:

  • $60 million Safe Places capital grants program to provide new or expanded emergency accommodation
  • $18 million to continue the Commonwealth’s funding for the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes program.

The Safe Places package is one measure under the $340 million Fourth Action Plan to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan).

 

Objectives

The objective of the grant opportunity is to deliver new emergency and crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. It could also fund renovations/repurposing of buildings, where it creates new emergency accommodation.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are an increase in the number of:

  • appropriate emergency accommodation to provide additional safe places for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence
  • women and children experiencing domestic and family violence housed in a safe place due to the provision of the additional emergency accommodation.

The grant opportunity will provide capital grants to eligible organisations to build up to 450 additional emergency accommodation places, and assist up to 6,500 women and children each year experiencing domestic and family violence.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has announced $60.4 million (GST exclusive) over two years (2020-21 to 2021-22) for the grant opportunity. This breakdown is $29.972 million in 2020-21 and $30.422 million in 2021-22.

Capital grants from $100,000 to $10 million (GST exclusive) will be available. Subject to projects being of sufficient quality, grant funding will be allocated across remote, regional and metropolitan locations to support projects across the nation. The Commonwealth recognises potential
applicants will have diverse funding needs, such as repurposing or renovating buildings costs in comparison to developing new emergency and crisis accommodation.

 

Eligible Projects

Eligible activities must include the provision of new or expanded emergency accommodation and directly relate to the grant activity and can include:

  • construction of new dwellings
  • acquiring suitable land for the construction of new dwellings
  • expansion of emergency dwellings, including refurbishments and repurposing buildings, and land clearance and site works
  • infrastructure provision, such as water, sewerage and electricity
  • development approvals, levies and other planning and zoning costs
  • building certifications including Certificate of Occupancy.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • new or expanded emergency or crisis accommodation
  • acquiring suitable land for the construction of new dwellings
  • land clearance for expansion of emergency accommodation, and site works
  • infrastructure provision, such as water, sewerage and electricity
  • development approvals, levies and other planning and zoning costs
  • construction of new dwellings
  • refurbishments and repurposed buildings
  • building certifications including Certificate of Occupancy
  • other items as agreed to by DSS.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Commonwealth Company
  • Company
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Incorporated Association
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Local Government
  • Statutory Entity
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust

 

Timing

Applications close 14 February 2020.

 

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