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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Specific Advice for ABA Grants

Business Proposals

Advice on the key requirements:

  • Strong claims outlining the benefit of the business for Indigenous people in the Northern Territory (NT).
  • Strong claims regarding the need for the business for Indigenous people in the NT, demonstrating why ABA grant funding is needed and why the provision of funding is not the responsibility of mainstream funding. Applicants are encouraged to explain why lending or leasing is not being considered.
  • Demonstrated capacity for delivering the business. Note: if the request is for funding of over $250,000, a business plan will be required to demonstrate capacity.
  • The viability of the business must be independently verified by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA).
  • Applicants should liaise with IBA each time they apply for funding and should not submit assessments or other evidence of engagements with IBA or other business advisory services from previous ABA applications. Note: Applicants should submit proposal details to IBA no later than one week prior to the round closing to enable enough time for IBA to assess the proposal and provide a recommendation. Applicants should call ABA on 1800 354 612 if there are any issues with the timeframe.
  • Applicants for agriculture related proposals should consult with the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC). Note: a viability check by IBA will also be required. Proposal details should be provided to ILSC and IBA at least one week before the closing date of the round. Applicants should call ABA on 1800 354 612 if there are any issues with the timeframe.
  • If the business uses premises or needs to access land (e.g. tourism), a statement regarding land tenure or access rights should be included with the application.
  • Formal quotes – less than 12 months old for assets.
  • The funding will not result in an anti-competitive situation. That is, the proposal will not prevent or reduce competition in the market.

Advice on the preference of the round:

  • The applicant has engaged with IBA or a similar source of business support to develop their application. To find out more call ABA on 1800 354 612.
  • The applicant demonstrates commitment to the business by making a financial co-contribution. In-kind support is also beneficial but should not be presented as a substitute for a financial co-contribution.
  • Funding is not requested for non-Indigenous employment or non-Indigenous consultancy. If these costs are essential, the preference is for these costs to be covered by the financial co-contribution.
  • The business provides an increase in Indigenous employment as a benefit of the project.
  • Private entities including sole traders and partnerships should use the section on ‘capacity’ to explain what will happen to assets if the business fails and how the benefit to Aboriginal people will remain.
  • If the applicant wishes to purchase a business, the valuation price must be transparent and contestable.
  • The applicant is aware that grants funding can have tax implications for businesses.

Construction and infrastructure

Advice on the key requirements:

  • Strong claims outlining the benefit of the project for Indigenous people in the NT. 
  • Strong claims regarding the need for the project for Indigenous people in the NT demonstrating why ABA grant funding is needed and why the provision of funding is not the responsibility of mainstream funding. Applicants are encouraged to explain why grant funding is being sought over leasing or lending. 
  • Demonstrated capacity for delivering the project. Note if the request is for funding of over $250,000, business applicants will be required to provide a business plan and non-business applicants a project management plan.
  • If the applicant is a business then the viability of the business must be independently verified by IBA.
  • Applicants should liaise with IBA each time they apply for funding and should not submit assessments or other evidence of engagements with IBA or other business advisory services from previous ABA applications. Note: Applicants should submit proposal details to IBA no later than one week prior to the round closing to enable enough time for IBA to assess the proposal and provide a recommendation. Applicants should call ABA on 1800 354 612 if there are any issues with the timeframe.
  • Fixed price quotes from licensed trades or cost estimates from an independent cost estimator are provided and are less than 12 months old.
  • The funding will not result in an anti-competitive situation. That is, the proposal will not prevent or reduce competition in the market.

Advice on the preference of the round:

  • Business applicants demonstrate a commitment by making a financial co-contribution. In-kind support is also beneficial but should not be presented as a substitute.
  • Funding is not requested for non-Indigenous employment or non-Indigenous consultancy. If these costs are essential, the preference is for these costs to be covered by the financial co-contribution and in-kind support.
  • Land tenure is resolved up to the point that it will not affect the delivery of the project, this may require engagement with an NT land council or the Office of Township Leasing.
  • Construction in remote communities addresses the risk of obtaining permission to connect or reconnect from the utilities provider in the area.
  • Construction outside of the NT building control area acknowledges that construction will be undertaken as if it was within the NT building control area.
  • Projects will deliver a construction outcome rather than concept plans or for-construction drawings.
  • Indigenous procurement is preferential. If non-Indigenous procurement is proposed, it is advisable to explain why.
  • Contingency funds for cost overruns are not a preference. Should the applicant be approved, cost overruns are to be managed through presenting a case to the delegate and a variation to the funding agreement.
  • Applicants may wish to enhance their application by developing an Indigenous Employment Plan.
  • The applicant acknowledges the funding may carry the condition of a purposes deed.
  • Applications do not attribute non-project overheads to the project or charge an administration fee – these are best provided to the project as an in-kind contribution.
  • Applicants who are planning to deliver the project to or with a group of NT Indigenous people need to demonstrate agreement through letters of support.
  • Business applicants are aware that grants funding can have tax implications.

Funerals and ceremonies assistance

Advice on the preference of the round:

  • Funerals and ceremonies support is delivered by NT Land Councils through a process that is separate to ABA Beneficial Grants.

Land acquisition or management, agriculture or pastoral

Advice on the key requirements:

  • Strong claims outlining the benefit of the acquisition for Indigenous people in the NT. Note: the benefit of the acquisition cannot be appreciating property value (an investment).
  • Strong claims regarding the need for the business for Indigenous people in the NT, demonstrating why ABA grant funding is needed and why the provision of funding is not the responsibility of mainstream funding. Applicants are encouraged to explain why lending or leasing is not being considered.
  • Demonstrated capacity for delivering the business. Note: if the request is for funding of over $250,000, business applicants will be required to provide a business plan and service providers a project management plan.
  • If the applicant is a business then viability of the business must be independently verified by IBA.
  • Applicants should liaise with IBA each time they apply for funding and should not submit assessments or other evidence of engagements with IBA or other business advisory services from previous ABA applications. Note: Applicants should submit proposal details to IBA no later than one week prior to the round closing to enable enough time for IBA to assess the proposal and provide a recommendation. Applicants should call ABA on 1800 354 612 if there are any issues with the timeframe.
  • Applicants seeking funding for land and property acquisition must consult with the ILSC. Applicants should submit proposal details to the ILSC no later than one week prior to the round closing to enable enough time to assess the proposal and provide a recommendation.
  • A robust and contestable valuation of the sale price must be presented.
  • The funding will not result in an anti-competitive situation. That is, the proposal will not prevent or reduce competition in the market.

Advice on the preference of the round:

  • Business applicants demonstrate a commitment by making a financial co-contribution. In-kind support is also beneficial but should not be presented as a substitute.
  • Service providers transparently disclose if they currently receive grants funding for renting or leasing a premises and how the acquisition will affect that funding.
  • Private entities including sole traders and partnerships should use the section on ‘capacity’ to explain what will happen to land or property if the business fails and how the benefit to Aboriginal people will remain.
  • The applicant acknowledges that the funding may carry the condition of a purposes deed.
  • Business applicants are aware that grants funding can have tax implications.

Projects that support service provision (including pilots)

It is important to note that ABA only funds projects and not programs. Projects have a start and end date. Some proposals are for pilots, which are a trial project that tests for a program.

Advice on the key requirements:

  • Strong claims outlining the benefit of the project for Indigenous people in the NT.
  • Strong claims regarding the need for the project for Indigenous people in the NT, demonstrating why ABA grant funding is needed and why the provision of funding is not the responsibility of mainstream funding.
  • Demonstrated capacity for delivering the project. Note: if the request is for funding of over $250,000, a project management plan will be required to demonstrate capacity.
  • If the project uses premises or needs to access land, a statement regarding land tenure or access rights should be included with the application.
  • Formal quotes – less than 12 months old.

Advice on the preference of the round:

  • For pilots – the proposal should outline how, in the event of a successful pilot, the pilot will migrate to a program and which alternative source of funding will support it. Letters of support from the alternate funding source will strengthen the application. 
  • Funding is not requested for non-Indigenous employment or non-Indigenous consultancy. If these costs are essential, the preference is they are covered by the financial co-contribution and in-kind support.
  • Applications do not attribute non-project overheads to the project or charge an administration fee – these are best provided to the project as an in-kind contribution.
  • Any interstate or international travel is identified in the budget. These will be considered by the delegate.
  • Applicants who are planning to deliver the project to or with a group of NT Indigenous people need to demonstrate agreement through letters of support.

Purchase of vehicles and equipment

Advice on the key requirements:

  • Strong claims outlining the benefit of the vehicle and/or equipment for Indigenous people in the NT. This may need the context of the benefit of project or program that the vehicle or equipment will support to be outlined.
  • Strong claims regarding the need for the vehicle and/or equipment for Indigenous people in the NT and demonstration of why ABA grant funding is needed:
    • For businesses this will include explanation of why the provision of grant funding is sought over leasing or lending.
    • For service providers this will include explanation of why the provision of funding is not the responsibility of mainstream funding, including using program funds to leasing a vehicle or equipment.
  • Demonstrated capacity for procuring, managing and replacing the vehicle or equipment. Note: if the funding request is for over $250,000 then:
    • For service providers: A vehicle or equipment management plan can substitute the need for a project management plan. This plan will outline use, management, maintenance as well as how replacement will be addressed.
    • For businesses: A business plan is required.
  • For businesses: The viability of the business must be independently verified by IBA. Applicants should liaise with IBA each time they apply for funding and should not submit assessments or other evidence of engagements with IBA or other business advisory services from previous ABA applications. Note: Applicants should submit proposal details to IBA no later than one week prior to the round closing to enable enough time for IBA to assess the proposal and provide a recommendation. Applicants should call ABA on 1800 354 612 if there are any issues with the timeframe.
  • Formal quotes – less than 12 months old. Note: quotes should include delivery costs.

Advice on the preference of the round:

  • Applicants requesting funding of under $250,000 can enhance their application by submitting a vehicle or equipment management plan that outlines use, management, maintenance as well as replacement.
  • Acknowledge acceptance that the vehicle and/or equipment maybe covered by the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) or through a purposes deed.
  • Local procurement of vehicles and equipment, including preference for Indigenous suppliers.
  • Transparency of the use of the funds from disposing of any current vehicles and/or equipment.

Rangers

Advice on the key requirements:

  • Rangers’ ongoing and capital costs are covered by the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS). As a result they are not eligible for ABA funding.

Research

It is important to note the preference is to fund projects that produce tangible outcomes.

Stores, museums, arts and cultural centres

Stores, museums, arts and cultural centres have the ability to generate revenue and are generally regarded as businesses.

Advice on the key requirements:

  • Strong claim outlining the benefit of the project for Indigenous people in the NT.
  • Strong claim regarding the need for business for Indigenous people in the NT, demonstrating why ABA grant funding is needed, why the provision of funding is not the responsibility of mainstream funding and why leasing or lending is not being considered.
  • Demonstrated capacity for delivering the project. Note: if the request is for funding of over $250,000 a business plan will be required to demonstrate capacity.
  • The viability of the business must be independently verified by IBA. Applicants should liaise with IBA each time they apply for funding and should not submit assessments or other evidence of engagements with IBA or other business advisory services from previous ABA applications. Note: Applicants should submit proposal details to IBA no later than one week prior to the round closing to enable enough time for IBA to assess the proposal and provide a recommendation. Applicants should call ABA on 1800 354 612 if there are any issues with the timeframe.
  • If the project uses premises or needs to access land (e.g. collecting art materials), a statement regarding land tenure or access rights should be included with the application.
  • Formal quotes – less than 12 months old.

Advice on the preference of the round:

  • All new (start-up) applicants engage with IBA or a similar source of business support to develop their application. To find out more call ABA on 1800 354 612.
  • The grants funding will expand the applicants’ benefit to Aboriginal people in the NT and will not substitute the applicants’ responsibility for maintaining assets and setting aside funds for replacing equipment.
  • The applicant demonstrates commitment to the business by making a financial co-contribution. An in-kind commitment is also beneficial but should not be presented as a substitute.
  • Funding is not requested for non-Indigenous employment or non-Indigenous consultancy. If these costs are essential, the preference is that they are covered by the financial co-contribution and in-kind support.
  • The business provides an increase in Indigenous employment as a benefit of the project and may wish to enhance its application by developing an Indigenous Employment Plan.
  • The applicant is aware that grants funding can have tax implications for businesses.
  • Applicants who are planning to deliver the project to or with a group of NT Aboriginal people need to demonstrate agreement through letters of support.