Indian Community Infrastructure Fund
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) 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.
Free information webinar
To learn more about the fund and how to apply for a grant, take a look at our Multicultural Affairs grants experts webinar PowerPoint presentation.
26 November 2019 to 20 February 2020
There are two funding streams for applicants:
$10,000 - $100,000 for minor upgrades and renovations
$100,001 - $500,000 for larger projects and new builds
Your organisation must choose the appropriate funding stream for your project and only one application can be made by your organisation. The total cost of your project cannot be more than five times the grant you are seeking.
Please note, we will only consider one application per organisation to the Indian Community Infrastructure Fund or Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund (MCIF) which are being run at the same time.
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.
Complete the relevant online application form:
You must attach and submit all supporting documentation with your application, or your application will be considered ineligible and not assessed.
Submit your application by 25 February 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
For more information, or help with your application, contact the Programs & Grants Team:
Your project must start quickly and be finished no later than 31 May 2021. After that date, grant payments will cease. They cannot be carried forward or made available to pay for incomplete project activities in following financial years.
- must come from an eligible organisation (see ‘Who can apply?’ above)
- must clearly address one or more of the ICIF objectives
- must meet a community need, have undergone sufficient planning and be ready to proceed
- must demonstrate evidence of land title or a lease agreement (no less than three years)
- must supply quotes from registered contractors or cost estimates from quantity surveyors for any works (for any amount). Works over $20,000 require two quotes
- must clearly show the project will be completed before 31 May 2021
- must include all relevant supporting documentation
If we fund your project, we reserve the right to place restrictions on what the funding can and cannot be used for.
- A project plan—including whether you intend to use a project manager
- Evidence of any applicable licences, building or planning permits in place, or evidence that you’ve applied for them
- Your organisation’s financial statements for the last three years—as already provided to Consumer Affairs Victoria (through myCAV) or to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, or in a way we agree to
- A copy of the current land title or lease agreement (no less than 3 years) for the site of the proposed project
- Cost estimates or quotes for works of any cost. Please note any project works over $20,000 need two quotes
- Concept designs/site plans for the upgrading of facilities or new works your application relates to (if applicable and where relevant)
- No more than ten photos—less than 2MB each—of the existing site your application relates to (e.g. the kitchen area you want to upgrade or renovate)
- A Certificate of Currency for public liability insurance with a minimum cover of $10 million for any one occurrence
- A Certificate of Currency for workers’ compensation insurance if paid staff will work on the project
- applications from ineligible applicants
- applications that do not address the ICIF’s objectives and assessment criteria
- applications that are not complete
- applications that are not submitted on time
We also will not support:
- un-fixed, mobile or transferable assets like computers, gardening equipment, musical instruments, small removable kitchen equipment like blenders, microwaves, toasters, etc
- projects that currently have funding or have received funding in the past from Multicultural Affairs or the Department
- completed projects
- buying land
- purchase of assets / materials / products for the project from overseas
- CCTV and other electronic security infrastructure
- predominantly decorative or ornamental projects
- projects to create or enhance privately-owned land or facilities, unless there’s an existing, satisfactory long-term lease agreement (minimum of three years) between the applicant and the asset owner
- projects advancing political activities
- projects advancing religious activities (e.g. enhancement of infrastructure exclusively used for worship—unless it is open for wider community use)
- construction or enhancement of schools or emergency service centres
- supplementing recurrent or ongoing costs of an existing organisation
- ongoing maintenance or administration costs
- staff salaries
- funding that could have a negative impact on existing businesses and services, or compete with other local commercial interests as per National Competition Policy
- funding for infrastructure or property owned by another state, local government or the Commonwealth of Australia
- inappropriate use of public funds which are inconsistent with the ICIF objectives and Victorian Values
Initially, we will assess and weigh your project against the ICIF’s eligibility and assessment criteria. Following an eligibility and merit assessment, the application will be assessed by a panel that includes representatives from the Victorian Multicultural Commission and other relevant independent experts.
The final decision is made by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Once a decision has been made, we will advise you if you have been successful or not.
Please note that the Department of Premier and Cabinet can decide to change the grant guidelines at any time.
1. Does your project have merit and fill a community need?
- Your project must have a clear vision and scope that achieves the program objectives.
- Your project must address a clear need or gap in community infrastructure.
- Your application must describe how benefits will continue in future years after your project ends.
2. Is your project feasible and ready to proceed?
- Your project is well-planned with appropriate approvals and risk management in place.
- You’re ready to start:
- If it involves property: We have to see evidence of an existing land or property title or lease agreement (no less than three years)
- If it involves permits: You must have all the relevant approvals and permits in place or be able to get these within two months of being successful and receiving a Letter of Offer.
- Your project will be delivered by an organisation with appropriate administration, project management and governance expertise, and financial stability.
3. The budget
Your project is:
- financially ready to start and has a clear approach, with realistic time frames
- based on sound cost estimates and offers value for money
- an appropriate use of public funds
- appropriately insured and covered for any other liabilities
Reviewed 16 January 2020