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 an 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.
Important Information on Ineligible Projects
EIS funding may not be provided for an infrastructure project if:
- a contract for the project has been entered into or site work or other building work for the project has commenced before the Minister approves a grant for the project.
- the facility has religious worship as its sole or principal purpose
- the project is related to a temporary site at which special assistance is provided under the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act 2017, chapter 2, part 4
Eligibility of Projects
Infrastructure projects which can be considered for funding under EIS are:
- a direct requirement of a Relevant Entity. i.e. a Minister or a government entity under the Public Service Act 2008, Section 24 or the local government for the area in which the school is located.
- 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 and Help Notes
Access further detail on the two types of eligible projects and project examples here.
EIS projects can be separated into two categories:
a) Infrastructure charges, which are derived from local council, a State Government Ministerial Infrastructure Designation or another Relevant Entity (such as a utilities provider) requirement to contribute to:
- water supply
- stormwater drainage
- environmental spaces/local parks.
b) External infrastructure works which are those requirements for external services and facilities such as:
- service connections (for example, water, sewerage, telecommunications)
- transport infrastructure
- improvements or additions to the streetscape.