A person may apply in writing for the allocation of a * residential care grant. However, the application is valid only if:
(a) it is in response to an invitation to apply for the allocation of residential care grants published by the Secretary under section 71-2; and
(b) it is made on or before the closing date specified in the invitation; and
(c) it is in a form approved by the Secretary.
Note: An applicant who is not an approved provider must become an approved provider for a residential care grant to be allocated (see subsection 72-1(1)).