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Minister Scullion: A new era of Indigenous grant funding commences

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Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion

8 Sep 2014
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Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced the first grant round for funding under the $4.8 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy will open today, Monday 8 September 2014, for six weeks.

“This first round will provide funding for activities that commence from January or July 2015 and provides the opportunity for organisations with a current funding agreement expiring in the 2014-15 financial year to apply for future funding,” Minister Scullion said.

“It also gives the opportunity for new organisations to apply for funding under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

“Funding agreements for successful organisations in this first round will focus on delivering measurable outcomes for Indigenous people in the Government’s priority areas - getting children to school, adults into work and building safer communities.

“These new funding arrangements are intended to make funding more flexible and better designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Funding for demand-driven programmes such as those designed to generate specific employment opportunities will be considered as they are received throughout the year. However I encourage service providers to look at the grant round and consider how their proposals may fit."

The IAS streamlines 150 Indigenous programmes and activities into five broad-based programmes that will focus on getting children to school, adults into work and making communities safer. The five programmes are:

  • Jobs, Land and Economy Programme
  • Children and Schooling Programme
  • Safety and Wellbeing Programme
  • Culture and Capability Programme
  • Remote Australia Strategies Programme

“Organisations will be able to apply for funding from one or more of the IAS programmes through a single application, and receive a single funding agreement,” Minister Scullion said.

“This will make it easier to apply and will reduce red tape with one funding agreement for multiple programmes and deliverables.

“If you have questions about funding under the new Indigenous Advancement Strategy, and what it means for you, you can contact your local PM&C office on 1800 079 098.”

Organisations will be able to apply for funding from one or more of the IAS programmes through a single application and receive a single funding agreement.

This will make it easier to apply, and it’s going to vastly reduce red tape with one funding agreement for multiple programmes and deliverables.

Find out more

The Indigenous Advancement Strategy Guidelines apply to the $4.8 billion of programme funding over four years that is available under the five IAS programmes. The Guidelines, application kit and application form are available at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's website. The first grant funding round under the IAS opened on Monday 8 September 2014 and will close at 2pm EDST on Friday 17 October, allowing six weeks for applications.

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