Grant FAQs

Can I apply for a grant?

To be eligible for the grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. A resident, including household member in BHC’s affordable housing portfolio (NRAS, Opal, Coral)
  2. Not in rental arrears or if you are you must be engaged with a payment plan and adhering to the repayments
  3. Applying for funding of a maximum of $1,000
  4. Not have received grant funding this calendar year (residents are eligible to receive 1 grant per calendar year).

How much money can I apply for through the grants?

Grants of up to $1,000 per application are available. There is $47,500 available in grant funding for the
2021/22 financial year. The Educate and Participate and Connect Grants will be distributed through three individual funding rounds.

How will BHC decide who receives a grant?

An evaluation team, comprised of BHC team members, will review the proposals against the assessment
criteria and award the grant to recipients in most need. To ensure your best chance of success, please
respond to all the questions on the application form and submit supporting information as required- see
eligibility criteria below for further details. It is important to note that submitting an application does not
guarantee funding, particularly if there are more applications than grant funding available.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for the grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. A resident, including household member in BHC’s affordable housing portfolio (NRAS, Opal, Coral)
  2. Not in rental arrears or if you are you must be engaged with a payment plan and adhering to the
    repayments
  3. Applying for funding of a maximum of $1,000
  4. Not have received grant funding this calendar year (residents are eligible to receive 1 grant per
    calendar year)

What are the assessment criteria?

Applications will be reviewed against the following assessment criteria:

  1. Is the application complete with supporting documentation attached?
  2. Is there a clear evidence of how costs will be utilised?
  3. Need- Will this grant assist the applicant to achieve your goals?
  4. Outcomes- Will this grant have a substantial impact on the applicant?
  5. Readiness- Is the applicant ready to utilise the grant?

What happens if I am approved for a grant?

If you are approved for a Grant, you will sign an agreement which outlines the purpose for the grant
funding, the amount you will receive and how the funds will be paid. The Community Development Team
will step you through this and support you with this process.

How are the grant funds delivered?

BHC will pay for the activity or item directly to the institution, provider or supplier. In order for this to occur we will ask you to provide evidence of the costs and charges by supplying quotes or invoices with your application. In situations where you have been notified that you have been awarded a grant and providing evidence of the costs is not possible and you are able to cover the costs of the activity or item, BHC will be able to reimburse you for costs. NB: This would need to be agreed upfront prior to any purchases.

Sufficient evidence of required expenditure must be provided. If you need assistance getting information together please contact our Community Development Team.

Will I have to share my story of receiving grant funding?

All grant recipients will be asked to provide feedback to BHC about the program, what you liked and what we can improve, and how the funding helped you and/or your family. This information will be used for internal purposes to ensure that the program is achieving its aims. Any data used externally (e.g. number of participants, types of activities funded over the year etc.) will not be able to identify participants.

So that we can continue to raise funds and awareness to support initiatives like this, you will also be given the choice to be involved in external promotion of the grant. This could take many forms and you can remain anonymous if you wish. The ways that we might promote the grant include photographs, social media, verbal comments you make to us that we have your permission to share, and stories shared through events and media articles. This participation is completely voluntary.

Can I apply if I’m behind in my rent or tenancy obligations?

If you are behind in your rent or tenancy obligations, you will need to liaise with your Housing Manager prior to applying and have an agreed repayment plan in place. All applicants will have their financial account reviewed on the closing date to ensure eligibility.

Where can I get support with my application?

The Community Development Team are on hand and available to help with all aspects of the grant application process. We encourage you to contact them on 3307 3000 or impact@bhcl.com.au for any support you may require.

What are some examples of how the grant can be utilised? 

View examples of what the grants could be utilised for.