Up to $30M is available to support proposals or projects that are for the benefit of the Aboriginals living in the Northern Territory.

Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Beneficial Grants

Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Beneficial Grant

The Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Beneficial Grant funding is for the benefit of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. The ABA beneficial grant funding is broad in scope and flexible enough to support a wide range of activities, with a focus on action to achieve clear and measurable benefits for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, with payment linked to the achievement of results and intended outcomes.

Applicants should frame their proposal under one of the following ABA funding categories:

  • Supporting enterprises
  • Supporting community
  • Supporting culture, language and leadership
  • Supporting land, sea and waters management and use.

 

Background

The Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) is a Special Account under the Strategy that contributes to the Government’s priorities for Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory specifically under the Jobs, Land and Economy Programme.

The Indigenous Advancement Strategy (Strategy) began on 1 July 2014 with the objective of achieving real results in the key priority areas of getting children to school, adults into work, and building safer communities where the ordinary rule of law applies. Under the Strategy, the Government has streamlined more than 150 individual programmes and activities into five broad based programmes to make it easier for organisations delivering important services in communities. The five programme streams are:

  • Jobs, Land and Economy
  • Children and Schooling
  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • Culture and Capability
  • Remote Australia Strategies.

 

Objectives

The Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) contributes to the Government’s priorities for Indigenous Australians through:

  • Getting Indigenous Australians into work
  • Fostering Indigenous Business
  • Ensuring Indigenous people receive economic and social benefits from the effective management of their land.

 

Funding

Up to $30 million is available for ABA beneficial grants per financial year. The final amount of funding available is at the discretion of the Minister for Indigenous Affairs (the Minister) and contingent on any priority activities approved by the Minister, as well as the number and scope of suitable applications received.

Grant funding is allocated for small projects valued up to and including $250,000 and large projects valued over $250,000. There is no minimum or maximum amount of grant funding that can be applied for under ABA beneficial grants.

 

Eligible Projects

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet may fund activities consistent with the following funding categories and outcomes:

Supporting Enterprises – to support improved economic outcomes through small, medium or large business investments which foster wealth creation for current and future generations of Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.

This category may fund activities leading to one or more of the following outcomes such as but not limited to:

  • Support to assist Aboriginal people to generate economic and social benefits from economic assets
  • Investment in economic development for Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.
  • Seed funding for initiatives to deliver economic development or business outcomes for Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.

Supporting Community – to improve the benefits for Aboriginal people living in community including to the quality of life or services offered.

This category may fund activity leading to one or more of the following outcomes such as but not limited to:

  • Providing access to education, sporting, community or cultural facilities
  • Supporting the purchase of capital items for the benefit of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.

Supporting Culture, Language and Leadership – to enhance cultural activities for Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory or support the maintenance or recording of language, and undertake education and leadership training.

This category may fund activities leading to one or more of the following outcomes such as but not limited to:

  • Improving leadership and governance capacity of Aboriginal people, families, organisations and communities
  • Maintaining culture, supporting healing, protecting Aboriginal heritage.
  • Providing access to, and supporting or enhancing, Indigenous broadcasting and communications services
  • Improving participation in society, and acceptance of Aboriginal people
  • Strengthening the capacity of Aboriginal organisations so that they are able to effectively deliver Government services to Aboriginal people and communities.
  • Engaging Aboriginal people on decisions over matters which affect them
  • Improving participation in society, and acceptance of Aboriginal people, including through access to Indigenous interpreters.
  • Providing support for the recognition of Aboriginal people in the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution.

Supporting Land, Sea and Waters Management and Use – to enable Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory, to engage in land, sea and river management to assist in protecting and caring for Aboriginal land.

This category may fund activities leading to one or more of the following outcomes such as but not limited to:

  • Supporting employment outcomes for Aboriginal jobseekers, including retention at 26 weeks.
  • Providing employment, training and participation services and build skills and work readiness of Aboriginal job seekers in remote Australia.
  • Deriving economic benefit in the management of sea and land management and use.

 

Eligible Applicants

Unless otherwise set out in the Application Kit, applicants must:

  • Have a legal personality and full legal capacity to enter into an Agreement with the Commonwealth
  • Not be bankrupt or subject to insolvency proceedings (as relevant to the entity type)
  • Have an ABN and be registered for GST purposes where relevant
  • Be financially viable, as assessed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Not have been named as non-compliant under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

 

Timing

Applications close 13 March 2017.

 

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