Information about the ABA Beneficial Grant Funding Round February 2017

Indigenous AffairsLandABA Aboriginals Benefit Account
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

The ABA beneficial grant funding is broad in scope and flexible enough to fund a wide range of activities, with a focus on action to achieve clear and measurable benefits for Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory. 

Eligible and Ineligible Activities

Activities that ABA grants are used for

ABA beneficial grants are provided for one-off (non-recurrent) proposals that will benefit Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.
The ABA beneficial grant funding is broad in scope and flexible enough to fund a wide range of activities, with a focus on action to achieve clear and measurable benefits for Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory.
Applicants should frame their proposal under one of the following ABA funding categories:

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

Further information on ABA Funding Categories is contained in Section 2.3 of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines.

Lodging a Business Plan with your Application 

You do need to lodge a business plan with your application. Refer to Section 2.9 of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines for further information.

Additional requirements for applications that relate to the development of a business 

If your application relates to a business proposal then Section 2.8 (Land or Business Proposals) of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines requires you to consult with Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) to seek comment on the proposal, including whether IBA considers it viable and value for money. You are required to provide evidence of IBA support for your proposal and reflect IBA’s assessment in your application.

Additional requirements for applications that relate to land acquisition or management, or agriculture or pastoral investment 

If your application relates to land acquisition or management, or agriculture or pastoral investment then Section 2.8 (Land or Business Proposals) of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines requires you to consult with the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC)  to seek comment on the proposal, including whether the ILC considers it viable and value for money. You are required to provide evidence of ILC support for your proposal and reflect the ILC’s assessment in your application.

Information is provided in the ABA Application Form  and Grant Guidelines to help potential applicants with meeting this requirement.

Applying for ABA beneficial grant funding for wages for an Indigenous position in your organisation 

If your project demonstrates benefits for Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory, you can apply for one-off funding for an Indigenous position, which will be considered for ABA beneficial grant funding.

Applicants should also look at the list of Ineligible Activities (Section 2.12 of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines) when requesting ABA funding.

Including interstate travel and salaries for non-Indigenous staff in your project budget 

If you have identified costs for non-Indigenous staff or interstate travel, you must include these costs in your budget and provide as much detail as possible (for example, travel costs and frequency of travel). In addition, you should also explain the benefits of the travel and the impact on the project if travel is not approved. The delegate will need to provide approval for these specific activities.

The following items are ineligible for ABA funding:

  • Costs which are the primary responsibility of other organisations, including the Australian and Northern Territory Governments;
  • Recurrent costs (i.e. costs associated with the continuing operation of an activity);
  • Costs that are not directly and specifically related to the activity (e.g. ongoing staff wages; rent; administrative costs of the applicant’s existing operations);
  • Costs incurred before an application is approved; and
  • Salaries/wages/consultancy fees for non-Indigenous staff without prior written approval from the Delegate.

Applicants should look at the complete list of Ineligible Activities (Section 2.12 of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines) when applying for ABA funding.

Consideration of late applications

Applications received after the closing time and date will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and a request must be lodged with the Department within one business day of the closing date. One example would be where you have experienced technical issues in submitting your application or attachments.

​Assessment of incomplete applications

Your application will not be assessed if it is incomplete. Applicants will be given 48 hours to provide any required information that was not included on submission. Your application will only be assessed on the information you provide so it is important that your application is complete.

Unincorporated organisation’s eligibility to apply for ABA beneficial grant funding

An unincorporated organisation cannot enter into a funding agreement with the Australian Government and therefore cannot apply for ABA beneficial grant funding. Please refer to Section 2.10 of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines.

Can Universities apply for funding?

Yes, eligibility requirements can be found in the Guidelines at section 2.10.

Can applicants apply for a co-contribution from ABA?

Yes, these details can be recorded on p15 of the Application Form.

Can applicants apply for funding for the sole purpose of paying rent?

Ineligible activities for grant funding can be found in the Guidelines at section 2.12.

Project details/requirements

Including a budget as part of your application

All applications are required to submit a budget. Please refer to the PM&C website  for an example of a budget.

Project Management Plan 

If your proposal is considered to be a large project (i.e. over $250,000, GST exclusive) you must submit a detailed Project Management Plan with your application. You should refer to Section 2.7 of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines for further information on what you need to provide in the Project Management Plan.

If your proposal is considered to be a small project (i.e. $250,000 and under, GST exclusive) you do not need to submit a Project Management Plan but you must demonstrate that your proposal is achievable, viably costed and planned. You should refer to Section 2 in the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines for further information on what you need to provide.

Maximum number of supporting documents allowable for an application 

Only one document can be attached under each heading within the attachments tab of the application form.  The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has a file size limit restriction of 2MB per attachment.

Projects and budgets running over a financial year 

Project and budgets can run over more than one financial year. Details of proposed budget and total funding amount must be provided for financial years.

Project timeframes 

The timeframe for your proposal will depend upon the requirements of the project. Some projects can run for three months and others for more than 12 months.

Proposals with multiple projects  

Each project requires a separate application for funding. The success or otherwise of a funding application will not influence the assessment of another application from the same applicant. Every application for funding is assessed on its own merits.

What is coverage area?

Coverage area is the statistical area (SA2) as identified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. If a provider is unsure about which SA2 to apply for they should go to http://abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/map . To identify the appropriate SA2 follow these steps:

  1. Expand the Address Search bar to the left of the map
  2. Enter in the address or just Suburb and State then press enter
  3. In the results field search for a reference to Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2)

Coverage area has nowhere to record response

The Activity Details tab has a drop down box for Coverage Type which you can choose either State or SA2 2011. If you choose State you can select the relevant State. If you choose SA2 2011 you can select the Statistical Area from the drop down list. You are able to choose more than one SA2 2011 by clicking on the + sign to add more.

Incorporation requirements – Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 vs Corporations Act 2001

Indigenous Organisations may be incorporated under either Act to meet the incorporation requirements if in receipt of grant funding of $500,000 (GST exclusive) or more.

Eligibility requirements

Local Councils are eligible to apply for ABA grant funding so long as they meet the eligibility for organisations (at 2.10 of the Guidelines) and are not applying for any activities list as ineligible (at 2.12 of the Guidelines).

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria and weighting

Selection criteria are equally weighted. You should refer to Section 2.7 of the ABA Beneficial Grant Guidelines for more information on the criteria applicants need to address.

Where can I find my ‘Provider Reference Number’?

Applicants who have applied for IAS or ABA grant funding can find their Provider Reference Number (Organisation ID) on the front page of their grant funding agreement schedule. Applicants should be mindful of the letter O and the number 0 (difference in width size) if these characters are located in your reference number as these reference numbers are case sensitive.

Confirmation that the Department has received your application 

Following electronic lodgement, you will receive an email acknowledging successful submission of your application along with a submission reference code and a PDF copy of your application.  . Please save this receipt for future reference and use it in all correspondence with the Department.

Please phone 1800 354 612 if you do not receive electronic confirmation that your application has been received by the Department.

Submission of application 

All applications should be submitted online to the Department. If this is not possible please phone 1800 354 612 for assistance.

Attachments not uploading with your application

The Department has a file size limit restriction of 2MB per attachment. If your attachments are larger than this you will need to submit your attachments individually.
 

Enquiries

Making enquiries on ABA beneficial grant funding application

Please be advised the question and answer phase of the funding round has now closed. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email the ABA inbox on aba@network.pmc.gov.au

Timeframe for decision on application

It may take up to 14 weeks after the closing date for outcomes to be announced.

Period for round opening

The ABA Beneficial Grant Funding rounds are open for four weeks.

Current recipient of government funding

Applicants in receipt of government funding including IAS funding may still apply for ABA funding. This should be reflected on the application form at the relevant question.

Financial information requirement

Applicants should be able to provide the two most recent set of year-end audited financial statements and current year-to-date management financial information to support your applications.

Quotes

Attach any quotes you have received in relation to your proposal. Please note, that quotes need to be no more than 12 months old.

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