The Infrastructure and Capital Funding team supports schools to undertake their capital development by providing mechanisms for the allocation of capital grants, such as:
The Australian Government Capital Grants Program is available to assist schools in undertaking their capital development projects and operates on an annual basis. The Government has extended this funding through to 2017.
In 2013 three new schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne were successful in receiving funding support totalling $4 million under the Capital Grants Program.
The aim of the Digital Education Revolution (DER) program was to contribute sustainable and meaningful change to teaching and learning in Australian schools that would prepare students to live and work in a digital world. This program concluded for schools in September 2013 and culminated in the submission of the Final Program report by Catholic Capital Grants (Victoria) Ltd to the Australian Government in December 2013.
The Supplementary Capital Fund (SCF) is serviced by a per-head capital levy on primary school students in the Archdiocese of Melbourne to assist primary schools with annual capital repayments for approved projects including the establishment of new schools. This program runs on an annual basis.
In 2013 under the SCF, 19 Catholic primary schools received just over $16.2 million in funding support for their capital projects.
Tony HirstPrincipalEmmaus College, Vermont South
In 2013 Emmaus College won the Building Designers Association of Victoria Award for Best Conversion of a Public Building for the total refit of our school’s 22-year-old school hall into the Bill Holligan Performing Arts Centre, a modern 300-seat auditorium with a performance area, drama and dance room, and gallery.
Renovations were done in tandem with other significant building works to effectively create a completely new look and structure. We had a strict and limited budget to accommodate a range of ambitious improvements to the existing building, so planning was critical to make the best use of funds. We enjoyed terrific support from the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, the Archbishop’s Planning Building and Finance Committee, and the Catholic Development Fund. Credit goes to the architects and builders (EM Building and Design, and ADCO Constructions) for their innovative and high quality results with a very strict budget.
It is hard to believe the construction took just five months from start to finish, with minimal disruption to our classes, despite the site being right in the middle of the school grounds. The judges described the end result as being ‘dramatically different, innovative and modern’. Considering the cost and amount of work that goes into renovating an older building, especially of this size, most people can’t believe what we achieved for little more than $2 million, on time and on budget.
The entire school community has benefited from this fabulous new Performing Arts Centre. The conversion has realised a dream for the school because although we’ve always had an excellent reputation for our performing arts program, we’ve never had a dedicated space to showcase the talents of our students. The facility is now the proud centrepiece of our school community.
The Trade Training Centres (TTC) in Schools program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2008 to support the development of school facilities to provide for vocational education and training. Catholic Capital Grants (Victoria) Ltd submitted the shortlisted school project proposals to the Australian Government under Round 5, Phase 1 of the program in March 2013. There were three projects in the Archdiocese of Melbourne that were successful in receiving funding support for their capital works.
The Catholic Leadership Centre (CLC), a world class conference and learning facility for professional learning programs and executive courses to support Catholic education and key agencies, became operational in 2013 and was used by over 21,614 participants in the calendar year. The CLC features purpose-built learning spaces for contemporary adult learning, supported by the latest conferencing technology.
The Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne became operational in 2013
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