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Grant Round

The right to affordable, safe and secure housing: Funding guidelines and process

About the funding round

Tripple is now welcoming expressions of interest from organisations and communities working to transform housing in Australia to ensure affordable, safe and secure housing for all. 

 

Housing is a basic need and a human right, essential for fostering safe, thriving communities where access to quality jobs, education, and public services is equitable. Despite Australia's wealth and resources, we face a significant housing crisis characterised by inadequate rental standards and protections, supply issues and deep-seated systemic inequalities, leading to increased homelessness and housing stress affecting 1.25 million adults.  

Recognising that solving the housing crisis requires more than temporary fixes and that systemic change isn’t always linear or straightforward; Tripple is looking to support initiatives that drive long-term systemic change to transform housing in Australia to ensure affordable, safe and secure housing for all. 

 

We invite expressions of interest of no more than 200 words from organisations and communities committed to this important work. We recognise that spending time on complex grant processes may not be accessible/a priority/possible for everyone, so we have endeavoured to keep the process as simple as possible. Further information on the process can be found below or you can click here to go straight to the expression of interest form

 


 

What we’re funding

 

Tripple will support initiatives like (your work should include at least one of the following): 
 

  • Narrative shifting: public information campaigns, nonprofit journalism, messaging and research aimed at changing the public narrative around housing, affordable housing, the financialisation of housing and property investing, social housing and increasing understanding of the systemic issues that prevent people from affording homes. This also includes storytelling that connects housing with broader social issues like health, climate and education, aiming to change policy and public opinion.

  • Organising, advocacy and policy: organising, advocacy and policy efforts that strengthen and improve policies, protections, and investments in quality, equitable and affordable housing for lower-income people, for First Nations communities, the elderly, women, families and People of Colour whose rental housing costs are unsustainable, and for people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. Some examples include organising, advocacy or/and policy efforts: 

    • for a transformation of Australia's social housing model to align with international best practice, ensuring that it meets the needs of populations marginalised by systems of power, effectively and efficiently. 

    • to push for legislative reforms that ensure affordability and security for renters, such as tenants organising and mobilising for increased renters' rights, and campaigning for eviction protections and rent control.

    • to advance legislation to make it easier to build social housing, at federal, state or local levels, including addressing resistance to social housing in neighbourhoods.

    • for tax reforms that will enhance the affordability, safety, and security of housing for all Australians, addressing inequities and ensuring sustainable housing solutions.

    • for the development of affordable, community-controlled housing solutions 

    • for policies that ensure all homes are healthy, sustainable and resilient against climate impacts

    • relating to underlying economic and/or policy settings which impact housing outcomes

    • Other advocacy, organising and campaign efforts, including strategic litigation, that seek to transform housing in Australia to ensure affordable, safe and secure housing for all.

  • Evidence building: organisations and projects that are building a robust evidence base to advocate for housing as a fundamental right and to push for policy changes that ensure affordable, safe and secure housing for all. 

  • Capacity building: Strengthening the capability and capacity of organisations working to transform housing in Australia to ensure affordable, safe and secure housing for all.

  • Addressing racial injustice in housing: Organisations working to actively dismantle racist housing and land policy, and working to actively dismantle systemic land theft, exclusion from access to capital and white supremacist policies designed to exclude First Nations peoples and people of colour from owning or renting property, and/or First Nations organisations advocating for safe, secure, affordable and culturally appropriate land and housing.

  • Innovative program testing: community-driven local, state and national pilot programs that test new models of affordable, safe and secure housing to identify scalable solutions.

 

Addressing equity and injustice in housing: As always, we prefer solutions led by those with lived experience of the issues, as those closest to the issues are closest to the solution. This could include people experiencing housing stress, housing insecurity, housing instability and homelessness, and people systematically excluded from access to capital such as First Nations, people of colour, people with disability, elderly, women, migrants and refugees, people on low-incomes and other people that are significantly impacted by the housing crisis due to intersecting identities, economic factors or geographical location. 

 

Activities we aren’t funding:

  • Construction or production of housing projects

  • Initiatives that deliver or provide services

  • Initiatives that don’t centre the needs and priorities of people with lived experience of the issues

Eligibility

  • Activities must primarily take place in Australia.

  • Organisations need to be not-for-profit focused but do not need to be registered on the ACNC. 

  • We prefer that organisations are a registered legal entity, however we recognise that in some circumstances that is not possible due to visa status and/or regulatory requirements. If this is the case, please email or call our Philanthropy Lead at tracey@tripple.com.au 0413065253 to chat through eligibility.

  • Australia’s current DGR registration and categorisation creates barriers and excludes many organisations working in advocacy, as such recipients do not need to hold DGR status.

Grant Amounts

The total funding pool available is $200,000. 

 

The exact grant sizes will be determined based on the applicants, however we expect to grant: 

  • 2-3 grants of $40,000-60,000

  • 1-2 grants of $10,000-20,000

 

Please consider these amounts when submitting your EOI. The maximum grant amount an organisation can pitch for is $60,000. Organisations can submit multiple EOI’s for different relevant projects/areas of work, if you are unsure which is most aligned. However Tripple will only shortlist and fund one project/area of work per organisation, so we encourage you to submit the work you’d like to prioritise. 

 

We encourage all applicants to factor in wellbeing, safety and sustainability costs in funding requests.


 

Tripple’s guiding principles for this funding round:

  • Strength-based: Tripple supports the creation of projects which utilise community strengths rather than highlighting problems.

  • Self-determination: Tripple centres, trusts, and supports the leadership of directly impacted people, in particular those who are less visible, to transform the housing system to ensure affordable, safe and secure housing for all, shape strategy and make decisions that directly impact their lives. 

  • Racial Justice: Tripple recognises that housing rights are impossible to achieve in the absence of racial justice. We prioritise support for organisations advocating for systemic change and anti-racist solutions promoting equitable power, access, opportunity, treatment, and outcomes for all people.

  • Inclusion and Equity: Tripple strives to resource the work of the housing rights movement more equitably. With the understanding that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution, Tripple structures our grantmaking to be more accessible to communities that have been historically marginalised and underrepresented in decision making processes, including those living at the intersections of multiple identities and compounding oppressions.

  • Solidarity: Tripple prioritises support for collaborative efforts that deepen solidarity and alliances within the housing rights movement and cross-movement collaboration between partners fighting for First Nations justice, gender justice, racial justice, disability justice, climate justice, economic justice and other inclusive visions for society.

  • Intersectionality: Tripple knows that layered identities—of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, and economic, educational, and professional differences—can make people more vulnerable to housing stress, housing insecurity, housing instability and homelessness, and society at large. We acknowledge these complexities and seek to understand them to inform thoughtful solutions.

Timeline and application process

 

Stage One: Expression of Interest

If your work aligns with the ‘what we fund’ and eligibility criteria, please submit an expression of interest via the form below. Expressions of interest close at 11:59 14 April 2024.

 

Click here for the Expression of Interest Form

Stage Two: Online meeting for shortlisted applicants

If you are shortlisted to stage two we will contact you to organise a 45 minute online meeting in April or early May to hear more about your work. We prefer to meet with applicants instead of using an application form. 

Final decisions will be made in June and donations distributed to those who are successful in the last week of June. Funding can be spent in either this or next FY.  

If you are not shortlisted we will let you know by the end of June. 

 

If you are successful, what happens next? 

  • We send you an agreement letter to sign and make the transfer into your nominated bank account. Once we’ve initiated the transfer it can take a few weeks for funds to reach your bank account.

  • We have a short kick-off meeting to hear from you what success looks like in relation to these funds. This is a chance for us to listen to what’s most important to you. 

  • We have a meeting at the completion of the funding period to share learnings, reflections, impact, challenges, and your next steps.

  • We don’t require written acquittal or progress reports at any stage, although we welcome updates on your work if and when it works for you.

 

Your data

We will keep your application and information confidential unless we receive explicit permission from you to share publicly. 

 

If you have any questions or require additional confidentiality please email or call our Philanthropy Lead at tracey@tripple.com.au 0413065253.

Accessibility 

 

If you have any issues accessing the expression of interest form or need the form in a different format for a screen reader or other accessibility reasons, please email or call tracey@tripple.com.au, 0413065253 for an alternate version.

If you are shortlisted to stage two and can’t attend a meeting due to accessibility reasons, please let us know and we will make alternate arrangements. 

Click here for the Expression of Interest Form
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