Apply for Round 2 of the Schools Upgrade Fund

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Government schools across Australia can now apply for funding under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Schools Upgrade Fund. Round 2 will provide $215.8 million to support government schools meet the cost of important infrastructure projects such as new classrooms, outdoor learning spaces or other major refurbishments.

Application process

Applications are open from 31 October 2023 to 29 February 2024. All government schools across Australia can now apply for funding for capital projects of at least $250,000. Schools are encouraged to engage with their relevant state or territory department of education as early as possible to seek advice and assistance to develop their project proposal and must gain their support before submitting an application.

Government schools that received funding through Round 1 of the Schools Upgrade Fund – the Targeted Round or the Open Round – are eligible to apply for funding under Round 2. Funding will be needs-based, prioritising schools experiencing the greatest disadvantage.

Successful projects are expected to be announced from mid-April 2024.

About the Fund

The $275.2 million Fund will deliver funding over two years to improve school facilities across the country. $53.6 million in funding supporting projects in Australian schools has already been delivered, this includes a Targeted Round of $21.6 million for capital projects and an Open Round of $32 million for much needed improvements to learning facilities including the purchase of air purifiers, upgrading ventilation systems, building outdoor learning spaces, upgrading ICT equipment, and urgent repairs.

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring every child has access to high-quality education and is supported to achieve, regardless of their location, background or socio-economic status.

More information

Government schools can find out more and apply on our website. A factsheet, and FAQs are also available to assist schools.

Read Minister Clare’s media release: New upgrade funding for government schools.

Correct at time of publication.