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Grants, Funding and Support

The Australian Government, through its various Departments and Agencies, provides one off or longer term support to individuals, groups and organisations for many different purposes. Visit GrantConnnect for an overview of what is available.

Family and personal wellbeing

See the list of payments and services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians at Indigenous Australians through Services Australia. It includes:

  • Parenting Payment
  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Carer Allowance
  • Age Pension
  • Crisis and special help
  • Family and domestic violence and more…

Community infrastructure & land development

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) funds many different projects under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

IAS grants include Community led proposals such as:

  • Building a community centre
  • Developing a sporting ground
  • Establishing a community radio station
  • Community memorials

For advice on how to apply for these grants, contact our nearest NIAA regional office.

Native Title

A network of native title representative bodies and native title service providers can assist native title claimants and holders. Contact details are available on the NIAA website.

Also, see Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBC) Capacity Building Funding which assists native title holding corporations to generate economic benefits from their land.

Community events & associations

The NIAA funds many different activities under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

IAS grants include Community led proposals such as:

  • Cultural festivals
  • Sporting festivals
  • Sporting teams
  • Dance groups
  • Memorial services
  • Environment groups

For advice on how to apply for these grants, contact our nearest NIAA regional office.


Due to COVID-19 coronavirus, NAIDOC Week 2020 has been postponed. The NIAA, 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants Round was closed with no applications progressed.
Further information will be published as they are available.

Personal & ad-hoc

Contact your local NIAA office for other financial support such as:

  • travel to a funeral
  • travel and accommodation when selected in a representative sporting team
  • sporting team’s uniforms
  • one off training or license fees
    • Forklift training and license
    • Fishing license
    • Truck license and more….

While the NIAA does not provide support for these types of activities directly, our regional offices can direct you to organisations that do.

Education and Training


ABSTUDY is a Department of Human Services study assistance program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and apprentices with long-term support including study costs and housing if you need to travel to study.

Further information and how to apply can be found on the Service Australia website or at your local Centrelink office.

Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians (tertiary education)

Scholarships are provided to successful applicants of up to $5000 a year to undertake an Approved Course of Study in one of 10 specified regional years. More information can be found on Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

Tailored Assistance Employment Grants

Tailored Assistance Employment Grants assist individuals into employment by funding traineeships and cadetships.

Housing Loans

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) can provide information and assistance with housing loans.

We will continue to post stories and announcements about grants and funding here but for more up-to-date and complete information, go to Grants and Funding on the National Indigenous Australians Agency website.

Recent stories

Black tile with square ring of dots around the following words: NAIDOC Grant Applications Cancelled
19 Mar 2020
Due to the risk to public health currently posed by the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Australian Government has advised Australians to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing measures.
Young Indigenous girls with face paint and wearing black tops and grass skirts stand next to each other. In the background are more people.
26 Feb 2020
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, is calling for community-based organisations to apply for funding through the 2020-21 Indigenous Languages and Arts program competitive grant opportunity. Applications close on 6 April 2020.
In the foreground is grey stubble on burnt land and in the background is blue sea and sky.
8 Jan 2020
The ILSC has established an emergency response grant for any Indigenous corporation whose property has been directly affected by the recent bushfires. The ILSC will also make available a grant to assist Indigenous land management groups and contractors.

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