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What is the Biosecurity Business Grants?
The Biosecurity Business Grants is a program to support Indigenous business opportunities relating to biosecurity activities in northern Australia including the Torres Strait.
The Biosecurity Business Grants program will run over 3 years from 2020–21 to 2022–23 and will be delivered through the Indigenous Rangers Biosecurity Program.
Grants will be available to existing or new Indigenous businesses, organisations or other organisations working with Indigenous people to develop business, feasibility or marketing plans and/or to fund innovative business opportunities that capitalise on achieving biosecurity outcomes.
The objective of the Biosecurity Business Grants program is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia to view biosecurity as a business opportunity through the development of innovative business ideas.
The intended outcomes of the program are to:
- increase biosecurity capability including awareness, surveillance and response in northern Australia
- increase economic opportunities for Indigenous communities.
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The total grant funding available for Round 2 is up to $1.299 million GST exclusive.
Round 2 will be offered in the 2022–23 financial year. There is no maximum grant amount but grants cannot exceed the amount of available funds.
To be eligible, grant activities must relate to biosecurity activities in northern Australia. Biosecurity activities include biosecurity:
- risk management
- capability building
Examples of potential grant proposals which may be funded under this program include, but are not limited to:
- developing a biosecurity triage system to assist Indigenous rangers, local governments and natural resource management groups to quickly ascertain the correct contact and jurisdictional responsibility for weed, pest and disease issues
- purchase of equipment, materials and training for the start-up of a new Indigenous ranger group/s to help manage biosecurity risks
- establishing a biosecurity treatment or de-contamination service providing insecticidal, fumigation or de-contamination/wash down services
- development of biosecurity risk mitigation/management plans to protect Indigenous values in a local area
- collaborative activities to manage biosecurity risks including mitigation activities and capability building initiatives on land and sea country
- collaborative activities to highlight to community including farmers, tourists and businesses the impacts of biosecurity incursions on land and sea country
- research that supports government and Indigenous ranger partnerships to better conduct biosecurity activities, for example, development of non-destructive sampling techniques.
To be eligible, applicants must be a legal entity and have full legal capacity to enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.
Applicants must be:
- an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or an Indigenous organisation or
- another legal entity (such as a not-for-profit organisation, registered charity or publicly funded research organisation) working with Indigenous people to deliver economic/business opportunities to Indigenous people, demonstrated by providing evidence of:
- past experience working with Indigenous people
- consultation with and support from relevant Indigenous organisations or communities.
An ‘Indigenous organisation’ includes:
- a Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
- an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander local government body
- another legal entity with greater than 51% Indigenous controlling membership or ownership.
You must have the following additional eligibility requirements in place before you apply:
- an Australian Business Number
- an account with an Australian financial institution
- for individuals, be a permanent resident of Australia.
If you do not meet these additional requirements, you will not be eligible.
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Applications close 14 November 2022.