The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Trust provides grants to assist Aboriginal communities and individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, literacy, education, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists.
The ABF only supports organisations or companies endorsed as a “Deductible Gift Recipient” (DGR). Evidence of this is a requirement for receiving our grants. For further information regarding DGRs, click here.
The ABF was focused on supporting a small number of large projects over the period 2018-2020. News about organisations and their projects supported by ABF is reported here.
Current Grant Opportunities
The ABF encourage new applications over coming months. Please note that applications close Friday, 3 March 2023. It will consider projects shortly after.
The ABF has considered the negative impacts of COVID-19 and adjusted its grant priorities accordingly. In 2022/2023, it will support projects:
- aimed at improving the physical and mental health and wellbeing (including that of children) of indigenous communities in remote, rural and regional Australia
- supporting indigenous arts, acknowledging that this sector has been deeply impacted by COVID-19
- that would typically ‘fall through the cracks’ because they are not eligible for government funding
- with staged development, for example, deliverables funded in year 1 with scope for additional deliverables with additional funding over year 2-3 subject to progress
- on a scale that would effectively use a grant of $5,000-$20,000 per year (note this is higher than the usual value of one off grants offered).
The other general criteria for grant making by the ABF and the conditions on the application form will still apply.
Intending applicants are encouraged to read about other projects supported by the ABF before preparing and submitting applications by the deadline.