Capital Grants (BGA)


The Association of Independent Schools of NSW (AISNSW) has the responsibility of administering the Australian Government's Capital Grants Program (CGP) and the NSW Government’s Building Grants Assistance Scheme (BGAS) for independent schools in NSW. It does this through a separate entity called the AISNSW Block Grant Authority Ltd (BGA). Each year these Governments allocate a fixed 'block' of money to be administered by the BGA to independent schools in NSW for capital works projects on a needs basis.

The specific objectives of both Capital Grants Programs are to:

  • provide and improve school infrastructure, particularly for the most educationally disadvantaged students
  • ensure attention to refurbishment/upgrading of capital infrastructure for existing students, while making provision for needs arising from new demographic and enrolment trends
  • pursue the Australian Government's other priorities and objectives for schooling as outlined in the latest version of the Capital Grants Programme (CGP) for Non-Government Schools -  CGP Operating Manual

In December each year the BGA will email Principals and Business Managers of all AISNSW BGA member schools with details of the commencement of the application round for the upcoming year.

Schools intending to apply for a grant in the 2019 round must then lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) being the first page of the online application form. Closing date for this step is Monday 14th January 2019. Feedback will be provided, if necessary, about the eligibility of the proposed project and whether the school's expectations of the level of possible grant is realistic.

Once the Expression of Interest has been lodged, school representatives must then participate in a mandatory briefing session from 9:00am - 10:00am on Thursday 7th February 2019 before access to the online grant application will become available.

Schools which do not have representatives participate in the briefing may be excluded from any further access to the on-line application form.

After the briefing you can submit an application for a Capital Grants Project by:

  • Logging in to the AIS website
  • Selecting the My Profile tab at the top of the page
  • Selecting BGA Grant Management

If you work at more than one Independent school, you may then need to select the school for which you now wish to apply for Capital Grants (BGA).            

Applications close on Tuesday 30th April 2019 after which the AIS will commence checking the financial, costing and educational content for validity before it is assessed by the Capital Grants Assessment team from both an educational and financial need perspective.  These recommendations are then reviewed by the Capital Grants Appraisal Panel to determine which project applications will be recommended to the AISNSW BGA Board. After passing through a quality assurance process, the recommendations for grant assistance are then sent to the relevant Government Education Ministers. Successful schools are usually notified by January the following year.

Schools that are not yet participants in the AISNSW BGA should contact AISNSW for details of how to apply.

Capital Grants Presentation Briefings 

 2019 BGA Capital Grants Approved Project Briefing Presentation

2019 BGA Capital Grants Application Briefing Presentation

Managing School Construction Projects Seminar

On the 7th & 8th November 2018, AISNSW conducted a seminar on Managing School Construction Projects, where several presentations were delivered on a variety of topics around the planning and execution of school construction projects.

Topics included, Master Planning, navigating the ESEPP and which planning pathway is suitable for your school, ensuring compliance with section 83C of the education act, managing the procurement process and which construction delivery method is best for your project, sustainable development and the benefits of utilising a Town Planner and a Quantity Surveyor.

This link provides access to the presentations and will provide you with valuable resources.

Capital Grants Program Annual Overview

Application Documents

Briefing Documents + Program Guidelines

Other Documents

Building and Scholarship Fund Documents

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