The first grant round for funding under the Australian Government’s $4.8 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy closes at 2pm EDST this Friday 17 October.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the funding agreements for successful organisations in this round would focus on delivering measurable outcomes for Indigenous people in the Government’s priority areas of getting children to school, adults into work and building safer communities.
“The new arrangements under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy are intended to make funding more flexible and better designed to meet the needs of Indigenous people,” Minister Scullion said.
“They will also enable the Government to look at all proposals for a region and/or sector at the same time and make decisions about the best overall combination of efforts to address need.
“We have responded to repeated calls for government to be less prescriptive, to move away from funding narrow inputs or activities. We now have unprecedented flexibility to work with Indigenous people and providers to design solutions that will improve Indigenous outcomes over the long term.
“We have also simplified the way organisations can apply for funding. Instead of applying multiple times throughout the year for funding under different programmes, organisations can now apply once and receive a single funding agreement.
“This will significantly reduce the time and effort organisations have to put into applying for funding and reporting back to the Government.”
The IAS guidelines, application kit and application form are available from the PM&C website: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/indigenous_affairs/ias/funding/index.cfm
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2014-10-14 MR – SCULLION – IAS funding closing.pdf