Capital Grants

The Australian Government Capital Grants Programme assists needy non-government schools to upgrade and to improve facilities. Non-government school authorities and Independent schools are primarily responsible for establishing, maintaining and upgrading school facilities, and this program provides supplementary funds for planned capital development.

The objectives of the Programme are to:

  • provide and improve school capital infrastructure, particularly for the most educationally disadvantaged students
  • ensure attention to refurbishment and upgrading of capital infrastructure for existing students, while making provision for needs arising from new demographic and enrolment needs
  • pursue the Commonwealth’s other priorities and objectives for schooling:
  • supporting quality teaching
  • supporting parental and community engagement
  • supporting safety for the school community
  • supporting the curriculum

Grants for capital expenditure can be used for:

  • investigating the need for schools, buildings, parts of buildings, other facilities or equipment
  • purchasing land, with or without buildings (or parts of buildings)
  • planning for the erection, alteration, extension, demolition or refurbishment of a building or other facility
  • developing or preparing land for building or other purposes
  • erecting, altering, extending, demolishing or refurbishing a building or other facility
  • installing or upgrading water, electricity or any other services
  • providing furniture and equipment, including information technology (as part of a broader capital project unless special circumstances exist)
  • providing library materials or obtaining services and goods for cataloguing a library (as part of a broader capital project unless special circumstances exist)
  • other projects as prescribed by the Regulation.

To be eligible to apply, a non-government school must:

  • be a participant, or prospective participant, in the VISBGA;
  • be in receipt of Recurrent Funding under the Australian Education Act 2013;
  • demonstrate a financial need for the grant;
  • demonstrate that the project will contribute to the objectives of the Programme;
  • demonstrate that the school has an appropriate maintenance plan in place and is able to meet the ongoing running costs of its facilities;
  • demonstrate that adequate insurance is held over its school buildings;
  • be proposing a project that is consistent with sound educational planning, within both the school and the environment within which it is operating, especially in relation to the cost, size and use of the facilities to be funded;
  • be proposing a project that will not adversely affect the condition of a place in relation to the Commonwealth, state, territory or local government heritage legislation;
  • demonstrate that it is financially viable; and
  • own the land or have a lease for the land and/or buildings that has a period to run commensurate with the period on which the capital grant may be required to be repaid if the school no longer provides school education.

Applications for the Capital Grants Program

The application process is the same each year and usually follows the timeline below:

July / August Program Briefing
August – Sept VIS BGA calls for expressions of interest
October Applications open
January Applications close
February – May Assessment of applications
June Schools notified of notional support and are required to submit further documentation
August Board finalises recommendations
September Projects recommended to the Minister
December Schools notified of Ministerial Approval


Please visit the Applying for Funding section for information on how to apply for the Capital Grants Programme.

If you have any queries, please contact:

Aisling Allen on (03) 9825 7239 | Lindy McArdle on (03) 9825 7218.