Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) beneficial grant funding round

Date: Nov 21, 2018

Publication Type: News

Subject: Aboriginals Benefit Account

The next Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) beneficial grant funding round opens on Monday 3 December 2018 and close on Friday 1 February 2019.

The Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) is part of arrangements under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (ALRA).

Mining on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory (NT) generates royalties. The Commonwealth pays into the ABA an amount based on the value of these royalties.

Each financial year up to $30 million is set aside to fund:

  • One-off projects that will benefit Aboriginal people in the NT.
  • Projects that are not the responsibility of government funding.

Key principles

  • Proposals must be for the benefit of Indigenous residents of the NT.
  • Funding is for one-off projects that have a start and end date.
  • ABA does not fund ongoing projects, with the exception of support for land councils to deliver funerals and ceremonial support.
  • Applications that support participation of Aboriginal controlled organisations that are based in the NT will be looked upon favourably.
  • Applications that support employment of Indigenous Australians will be looked upon favourably. 
  • Activities that should be funded through mainstream funding, such as government funding, are not eligible.
  • Business proposals need to verify their financial viability by obtaining Indigenous Business Australia’s (IBA) independent opinion.
  • Land acquisition proposals should be supported by independent opinion from the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC).

For more information 

Visit: https://www.pmc.gov.au/indigen...

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