To be eligible for EIS grants, an Approved Authority must:
- Have entered into a QIS BGA Participation Agreement
- Be accredited and eligible to receive Queensland Government recurrent funds.
Special note on eligibility status of new schools
To enable QIS BGA to recommend a successful application for funding, the Approved Authority of a new independent school must have been accredited by the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board. Newly accredited schools will be required to enter into a QIS BGA Participation Agreement, as listed above, confirming QIS BGA as the school's capital assistance authority. New schools working through the processes of accreditation at the time of submitting an EIS application will have successful applications held over until formal notification of accreditation can be forwarded to QIS BGA.
Eligibility of Projects
Infrastructure projects which can be considered for funding under EIS are:
- a direct requirement of either a local government authority development approval OR a Queensland Government ministerial infrastructure designation
- EXTERNAL to the school's boundary
- linked to any school-based capital project.
In the case of developing schools, internal pick-up and set-down areas may be eligible, where circumstances dictate that these areas should be internal to the school site.
IMPORTANT- Any school based infrastructure projects INELIGIBLE for funding under EIS, i.e. those INTERNAL to the school site, may be eligible for grants under a Queensland Government State Capital Assistance Scheme (SCAS) or a Australian Government Capital Grants Program (CGP) application which closes in March each year.
Two Types of Eligible Projects
Infrastructure charges are derived from local government and other relevant entity (such as a utilities provider) requirements to provide:
- water supply
- stormwater drainage and
- environmental spaces and local parks.
External infrastructure project works will be those State or local government requirements for external services and facilities that are generated as part of:
- a development on a new site of a independent school or
- a redevelopment of an existing independent school site.