The Palaszczuk Government is putting out a challenge to community groups, social entrepreneurs and individuals to develop projects which will lift the dignity of people experiencing homelessness and address their immediate needs in innovative ways.

Applications to share in $2.5 million in funding will open next month, with the second round of Dignity First Funding announced today.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the money was earmarked for grounded, practical ideas that had the ability to deliver on their promise.

“Homelessness is a complex challenge that requires a range of sophisticated responses,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The initial $2.5 million Dignity First Fund, launched in 2016, has been very successful in delivering a wide range of essential services and generating some wonderful ideas.

“From mobile shower services to café style dining, online apps to vending machines for womens’ hygiene products, Dignity First projects have made an immense difference in many people’s lives. But this is just a start – there’s so much more to be done.

“In particular, we are also encouraging proposals that address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, youth, women and children escaping domestic and family violence and older people across Queensland.

“We are also keen to see applications that offer ideas and projects that will help Queenslanders in regional and remote areas.”

The first round of funding saw 24 projects granted approval in the weeks before Christmas.

“We have seen in the last few months how much can be accomplished with good ideas, a little money and a lot of heart,” Mr de Brenni said.

Applications for the second round of Dignity First funding will open on March 15 but organisations can register their interest in the department’s website now.

“It’s time to build on this success with more real-world assistance to help people survive homelessness with dignity,” Mr de Brenni said.

Applications for the second round of Dignity First funding will open on 15 March 2017. Organisations can register their interest on the department’s website now at hpw.qld.gov.au.