Capacity building for native title corporations

In June 2015 the Minister for Indigenous Affairs announced as part of the Northern Australia White Paper process an additional $20.4 million in funding over an initial four years to be targeted at capacity building for Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs). The funding will assist these native title holding corporations to generate economic benefits through the effective and sustainable management of their land. Although the new funding was announced as part of the developing Northern Australia process, it will be available to PBCs throughout Australia.

PBC Capacity Building Funding

The Department is now inviting eligible applicants to apply for PBC capacity building grant funding under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy

There are three elements to this funding:

  • Direct support to increase the capacity of PBCs to take advantage of economic opportunities.
  • Support for training to build long-term organisational capacity within PBCs and to obtain professional expertise (for example, business or agribusiness consultancies, accountancy or legal services).
  • Direct support for effective native title agreement-making.

Applications will be accepted from individual PBCs, groups of PBCs, or third parties authorised to administer funds on behalf of PBCs.  Applicants must meet other eligibility criteria outlined in the IAS Grant Guidelines and undergo financial viability checks and a risk assessment.

There is no closing date for applications and the Department will consider applications throughout the year.

Any further questions about the funding or application process should be directed to the department’s Regional Network on 1800 079 098.

Frequently asked questions

When does the funding round close?

There is no closing date for applications and the Department will consider applications throughout the year.

Who can apply for funding?

  • Any PBC can apply for funding.
  • Several PBCs can apply for funding as a group.
  • Other parties, such as native title representative bodies and service providers, law firms and interest groups can apply to receive and administer funding on behalf of, and with the authorisation of, a PBC or group of PBCs.

How much funding is available?

A total of $20.4 million is available over the first four years, comprising: $2.519 million in 2015-16; $5.037 million in 2016-17; $6.296 million in 2017-18 and $6.548 million in 2018-19. Funding for the programme is ongoing, but funding amounts have only been allocated until 2018-19.

What types of activities does the funding cover?

There are three elements to the funding: 

  • Direct support to increase the capacity of PBCs to take advantage of economic opportunities;
  • Support for training to build long-term organisational capacity within PBCs and to obtain professional expertise (for example, business or agribusiness consultancies, accountancy or legal services); and
  • Direct support for effective native title agreement-making.

A more detailed list of activities is in the application kit.

What cannot be funded?

Funding will not be provided for:

  • Applications that do not clearly address at least one of the IAS programme streams.
  • Activities that are more appropriately funded by other Government agencies (including State/Territory and local Government) under their priorities.
  • Retrospective items or activities.
  • Costs reasonably covered by proponent parties.

How will the funding be provided?

The Department may award grants as one-off payments, or on a single year or multi-year basis at its discretion.

My corporation has been set up to become a PBC at some point in the future. Is it eligible for the funding?  

No.  Funding is only available for corporations that are already PBCs.   

What if my PBC already gets basic support funding through a native title representative body or service provider?

PBCs will be asked to indicate any other sources of government funding in their application, including PBC ‘Basic Support’ provided and administered through a native title representative body or service provider. Other funding will be taken into account to ensure the same things are not funded twice. 

Can I submit an application in hard copy?

Applications should be completed online. If you cannot access the online application smart form you should contact your local PM&C Regional Network Office on 1800 079 098.

Can PM&C Regional Office staff help me prepare my application?

Staff in PM&C’s Regional Offices are available to answer any queries you have on the application or funding process. Staff cannot help write the application or provide direct advice regarding your application. See Indigenous.gov.au or Appendix B of the IAS Guidelines.

Who should I contact if I need more information?

All enquiries should be directed to the PM&C Regional Office on 1800 079 098.

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