A new Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding round opens tomorrow – Monday, 13 February 2017 – and organisations in the Northern Territory are being invited to apply.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said funding was available for projects that provided lasting benefits for Aboriginal people living and working in Northern Territory communities.
“The ABA is a trust fund that supports a wide range of one-off projects that benefit Indigenous communities, for instance projects that improve infrastructure and education outcomes or create jobs through support for business development,” Minister Scullion said.
“I encourage local organisations committed to improving the lives of people living in Northern Territory Indigenous communities to apply for funding.
“I am committed to ensuring Indigenous communities and organisations have the best opportunity to access ABA funds – including by supporting better administrative processes and enabling the ABA Advisory Committee to have greater control over funding decisions.”
The Aboriginals Benefit Account was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.
The account is funded by payments from the Commonwealth equivalent to the value of royalties paid by mining interests on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.
The ABA application form and guidelines have been available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s (PM&C) website for the past two months.
Applications under this funding round will close on Monday, 13 March at 12pm (ACST). Further information on the application process is available on PM&C’s website.