Funeral & Ceremony Assistance
NLC’s Funeral and Ceremony funding assistance is made possible through approved grant funds from the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
These grants are made under section 64(4) of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (Northern Territory) 1976 (ALRA) where grant funds are allocated for the benefit of Aboriginals living in the Northern Territory. The continuation of this assistance program is subject to an ongoing funeral and ceremonial purposes grant being made available to NLC from the ABA.
Funeral Assistance Grant
The grant assists Aboriginal families in the NLC Region who have recently lost a family member by providing a contribution towards the overall costs of holding a funeral. This can help alleviate the financial hardship experienced in burying a loved one. The overall grant funding is a limited amount and helps approximately 200 Aboriginal families per year.
- The deceased person is an Aboriginal person who is known, recognised and affiliated within the NLC region
- The applicant is the appropriate person to apply for financial hardship; they should be the next of kin or an immediate family member who has the legal responsibility of the deceased
- The burial is taking place within NLC’s jurisdiction
- Only one funeral burial application for a deceased person will be considered
- Funding is spent strictly in accordance with the NLC Funeral Burial Grant Assistance Policy.
Funding Assistance and Eligible Items
This funding assistance is limited to $2,000 (GST inclusive) per deceased person and can only be used to contribute to the cost of a coffin, funeral parlour professional fees or transporting the body of the deceased.
Applications are to be completed by the next of kin or family representative and submitted to the NLC prior to the funeral taking place. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the application form, provide proof of death and relevant quotes for a coffin, funeral parlour professional fees or transporting the body.
NLC will not commit any financial expenditure until the application and approval process is complete. If the funeral application is approved:
- No cash will be provided to the applicant
- All financial transactions will occur directly to the service provider.
Ceremony Assistance Grant
NLC acknowledges that Traditional Aboriginal Owners are culturally diverse and have different cultural responsibilities, obligations and traditional ceremony practices. The NLC continues to promote kinship relationships, responsibilities and cultural integrity of traditional practices and encourages the maintenance, practice and revitalisation of ceremonies for youth, men’s and women’s business. Ceremony Assistance helps Aboriginal ceremony leaders or a group representative by providing a contribution towards the overall cost of holding a ceremony. The grant funding is a limited amount and helps support ceremonial activity in the NLC regions.
- The ceremony activity is known, recognised and affiliated with the NLC region
- The applicant is the appropriate person to apply; that they are an Aboriginal ceremony leader or group representative
- The ceremony is taking place within NLC’s jurisdiction
- Funds directly benefit those participating in the actual ceremony
- Only one ceremony application will be considered per ceremony event
- Funding is spent strictly in accordance with NLC Ceremonial Grant Policy.
Funding Assistance and Eligible Items
This funding assistance is limited to a total of $1,000 (GST inclusive) per ceremony and can only be used to contribute to the following:
- $500 – fuel, travel, material for dancers
- $500 – bulk food purchases only (i.e. vegetables, meat, bread, tea, flour, rice, weetbix etc).
Items not eligible include:
- Personal items, flowers, newspaper advertisements, cigarettes, soft drinks, lollies, tobacco, alcohol, clothing, sheets, blankets, towels, phone credit, gift cards, etc.
Applications are to be completed by the Aboriginal ceremony leader or a group representative and submitted to the NLC prior to the ceremony taking place. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the application form and provide relevant quotes for the requested eligible items.
NLC will do the following:
- Ensure the application is complete and relevant supporting information is provided
- Assess the application against the eligibility criteria, check funding availability and pass to the appropriate NLC Delegates for Approval
- Advise the applicant if the funeral or ceremony assistance is approved or not approved within 7 days. This advice will include the level of assistance to be provided
- NLC staff will deal with the families, ceremonial leader or group representative in a respectful manner and provide accurate policy information and support the timely processing of applications.