To apply - read the guidelines found in the link above, and go to the link under section 8 of the guidelines for the application form.
Applications open: 9am 3 August 2020
Applications close: 5pm 14 September 2020
Please note, you will find the link to the application form at the end of the guidelines. You must read the guidelines before submitting your application and we encourage applicants to refer to the guidelines as you complete the form.
The Tenants Participation Grants (TPG) are for eligible public and community housing tenants and their families. The grants program aims to encourage and support participation in social networks by engaging with the community through a range of activities for physical, social and personal development.
We have expanded eligible activities to include digital classes and memberships. Through this expanded program, we hope to support tenants to continue to participate in their chosen activity, whether that be online, or adapted to conform to health and social distancing requirements related to COVID-19.
Who can apply?
The Tenants Participation Grants (TPG) are a one-off grants program for social housing* tenants and their families.
The program encourages and supports opportunities for social households to build social networks by engaging with the community through a range of activities for physical, social and personal development.
* To be eligible for the TPG’s you must be a public housing tenant or a community supported housing tenant who has been in a tenancy for 12 months or more and pays subsidised income-based rent.
How much funding is available?
Each tenant, resident and/or child can access up to $400 for one activity per person. You can use the grant to participate in activities and/or purchase the equipment you need to participate.
An Assessment Panel will review all applications. The panel will be led by Housing ACT, Community Services Directorate.
The Panel will make its recommendation based on the information provided in the application. All eligible applications will be assessed on how well they demonstrate the benefits of receiving funding for and participating in relation to their chosen funding category: social, work and education, or life skills.
What can you apply for?
There are many reasons why you may be wishing to apply for funding and your application must explain why the money is needed and how it will support you to take part in the chosen activity within the community.
Activities or initiatives which demonstrate the potential to support social connection and community resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic will be viewed favourably. Projects and initiatives that support areas of the community that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19, will also be looked upon favourably. This may include, but is not limited to, youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, people with disability, mature aged workforce, seniors and those impacted by domestic and family violence.
Applicants should take into consideration public health advice and any recommendations or precautions that are required to maintain the health and safety of all involved within the chosen activity when preparing your application.
Applicants can apply for funding under three categories:
- Social activities
This includes activities that get you involved as part of the community. Here are a few examples:
- A digital membership for any online painting class, including those face-face classes which have moved online due to COVID-19.
- Music classes and instrument (or online class).
- Sewing course and sewing machine/materials (or online course).
- Life skills activities
This includes activities that improve your interpersonal skills, such as communication or language skills, or safety in the water. Here are a few examples:
- Cooking classes and relevant utensils.
- Improving communication skills/language course.
- Training to support friends or family, for example domestic or family violence response training or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
- Education and work activities
This includes activities in which individuals can learn new job skills, engage in education and training or undertake career planning classes. This includes items you may need to purchase for these activities, such as textbooks. Here are a few examples:
- Course fees at CIT.
- Career planning and coaching, training and conferences.
- Childcare fees for you to attend a course.
The examples above are only a handful of ideas to get you thinking, and funding is not limited to the examples given. If you need more inspiration for activities, visit:
Due to the high demand and interest in the grants, we encourage applicants to take the time to read the guidelines carefully and fill out the form with as much information as you can to ensure the best possibility of being successful.
What the funding cannot be used for.
You may not use the funding for the following:
- activities or items that do not achieve social, life or educational participation;
- IT equipment and IT hardware;
- activities that do not occur in the Australian Capital Territory (unless digital based);
- activities or items which have already taken place prior to the TPG program opening;
- private or public events such as festivals, parties and celebrations;
- travelling allowances, including overseas travel;
- activities that are funded by another Grant, that are subject to another Grants assessment process, or where other sources of funding are more appropriate; and
- activities which could be seen as inappropriate, poor value or offensive.