Indigenous organisations in the Northern Territory are being invited to apply for funding under a new Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funding round that opens on Monday 8 December.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said funding would be available to support projects that provide lasting benefits for Aboriginal people living and working in remote Northern Territory communities.
“The ABA is a legacy fund that supports projects which provide real benefits for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory – including training and job creation, and assistance to help make communities safer, healthier and more sustainable places for people to live,” Minister Scullion said.
The ABA supports organisations across the Northern Territory and prioritises applications which promote Aboriginal employment and business development.
“I encourage organisations committed to improving the lives of Northern Territory Indigenous communities to apply for funding.”
There are four categories under which organisations will be able to apply for ABA grant funding:
- Supporting Enterprises
- Supporting Community
- Supporting Land, Sea and Waters Management and Use
- Supporting Culture, Language and Leadership
Grant funding will be allocated for small projects valued at up to $250,000 and large projects valued at more than $250,000.
Applications will close on 16 February 2015 at 2 pm Australian Central Standard Time. Information on the application process is available on the Department’s website at www.dpmc.gov.au/indigenous_affairs/grants/grant_funding_ABA.cfm.
The Aboriginals Benefit Account was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.
The account is funded by payments from the Australian Government equivalent to the value of royalties paid by mining interests on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.
Download media release:
2014-12-05 MR – SCULLION – ABA funding round.pdf