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Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Grant Funding

ABA grant funding is now open.

The closing date to submit ABA applications has been extended. Applications can now be submitted until 11:59pm (AEDT) Sunday 2 October 2022.

The ABA is a Special Account that benefits Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory (NT) established  under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. The ABA receives monies from the Commonwealth based on the value of royalties generated from mining on Aboriginal land in the NT.

ABA Open Grants fund projects delivered in the NT for the benefit of Aboriginal people. ABA Open Grants proposals should align with the objectives of supporting Indigenous enterprises;  community;  culture, language and leadership; or supporting land, sea and waters management and use.

Applications for ABA Open Grants are reviewed by the ABA Advisory Committee (ABAAC), which provides advice to the Minister for Indigenous Australians. Members of the ABAAC are representatives from across the NT and nominated by their respective land council. The next ABAAC meeting will be on 25–28 October 2022. Applications should be received by 11:59pm (AEDT) Sunday 2 October 2022, to be considered at the meeting. This will be the final opportunity to submit ABA applications under the current arrangements.

A new Aboriginal-led corporate Commonwealth entity, the Northern Territory Aboriginal Investment Corporation (NTAIC), is being established to invest funding from the ABA. The existing ABA grants process will be replaced with a new payments process managed by the NTAIC. The NTAIC is developing a new process so people can apply for funding in the first half of 2023. Advice on what the new process looks like and how people can apply will be published when available.

Potential applicants should read the following information about ABA grants and the application process and talk their proposal through with the ABA team on 1800 354 612 or aba@official.niaa.gov.au to ensure it fits with the ABA targeted approach.

ABA Grants Information and Application Process

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