Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) Grant Funding

Who to contact?


The Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) invites suitably qualified organisations to submit an application for grant funding under the Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA).

ABA grant funding supports initiatives that benefit Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.  In assessing applications, higher ratings will be given to proposals that support the funding priorities identified by the ABA Advisory Committee 

How to Apply?

The following documents are available to assist applicants:

Changes have been made to the process for applying for ABA grant funding.  It is important that applicants read Part C: ABA Section 64(4) Funding Application Information. 

Grant Funding Categories

For 2013-14 there will be four categories under which you can apply for ABA grant funding.  These are:

  • Supporting Enterprises
  • Supporting Community
  • Supporting Land, Sea and Waters Management and Use
  • Supporting Culture, Language and Leadership

There will also be two streams of funding available in each category, Small Projects and Large Projects.

Funding for Small Projects (amount applied for up to $250,000) will involve an open competitive selection process with applicants required to briefly address four assessment criteria.

There will be two Small Project funding rounds a year.  For 2013-14 these will be open from 1 August to 30 August 2013 and 1 February to 28 February 2014.

Funding for Large Projects (amount applied for over $250,000) will involve a two stage process.

Stage one is an open and competitive Expression of Interest (EOI) process. EOIs submitted will be assessed on merit.  Successful EOIs will be invited to participate in Stage two of the application process.

Stage two Applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which will then be subject to a competitive process.

There will be one Large Project funding round a year.  For 2013-14, stage one will be open from 1 August to 30 August 2013.  Stage two will be by invitation only and is likely to commence around mid-January 2014.

Closing Date and Time?

This funding round is for Small Projects only and will be open from 1 February to 28 February 2014.

Applications close on the last day of the application period at 4:30pm CST.  Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.

Application and Expression of Interest Forms can be completed and submitted electronically to aba@dss.gov.au or posted to:

ABA Darwin
PM&C Northern Territory State Office
PO Box 9932
DARWIN  NT  0801

Content Updated: 6 March 2014