If you are feeling unwell and think you may have COVID-19 symptoms, contact Health Direct on 1800 022 222 (Freecall). Official information about COVID-19 from the NSW Government. Resources and information on support for Aboriginal people can be found at the COVID-19 and Aboriginal Communities – Essential Information page.

COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Organisations Grants Program

CLOSING SOON - 5pm, Friday 14 May 2021


The COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Organisations Grants Program provides small grant funding to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) who provide culturally appropriate, locally based support to Aboriginal community members impacted by COVID-19.

This includes mental health, community wellbeing and healing, education and employment, and the provision of supplies to support compliance with health advice.

INFORMATION WEBINAR: (Recorded Friday 5 March 2021)

We hosted a live webinar to explain more about the Program, including the types of projects that are eligible, how to apply and who to contact. You can watch the recording of the webinar on the link below.

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How do I apply for funding?

Interested applicants must contact their closest Aboriginal Affairs NSW office or the COVID team to discuss their project idea. Contact numbers are at the bottom of this page.

Once you have discussed your idea, and if you are eligible to apply, Aboriginal Affairs NSW will open an application for you to complete online in SmartyGrants and send you a link to this application.

You will then have 21 days to complete and submit your application for assessment.

When can I apply for funding?

Applications can be submitted from 9am Monday 22 February until 5pm Friday 14 May 2021. Each application will be assessed as it is received.

All projects funded by this program must be completed by 30 June 2022.

Applications open 9am Monday 22 February 2021.

Applications close 5pm Friday 14 May 2021.

 Late applications will not be accepted.

How much can I apply for?

Applicants can apply for grants of up to $50,000 per project or per organisation. A total of $1.3 million is available for the Program.

Who can apply?

Organisations must be a not-for-profit incorporated Aboriginal community organisation (i.e. has been initiated by, is controlled and operated by Aboriginal people and/or governed by a board or committee of Aboriginal people) in NSW to be eligible for funding. This includes:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)
  • a company incorporated in Australia under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
  • a Local Aboriginal Land Council under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)
  • an Incorporated Association (incorporated under state legislation, and commonly have 'Association' or 'Incorporated' or 'Inc' in their legal name)
  • an Incorporated Cooperative (incorporated under state legislation, and commonly have ’Cooperative' in their legal name)
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

Eligible organisations must be located in NSW or demonstrate a service for NSW Aboriginal communities. 

Applicants must have, or be able and willing to purchase, at least $20 million public liability insurance. The cost of public liability insurance for the purposes of the project can be included in the project budget as part of the administration costs.

Applicants not eligible for funding are:

  • State and Federal government agencies
  • Local councils
  • NSW Schools, universities and TAFE colleges
  • individuals
  • incorporated organisations that are not Aboriginal community controlled
  • unincorporated groups without an eligible auspicing organisation
  • organisations that have not met project requirements, including acquittal and reporting for funding received from Aboriginal Affairs NSW in the previous two years.

Unincorporated Aboriginal community groups

Unincorporated groups must be Aboriginal community groups – that is, they must be led by Aboriginal people. If an unincorporated Aboriginal community group wishes to apply under the Program they will need to partner with an eligible organisation to receive and administer the funding. The eligible organisation must apply on behalf of the unincorporated group.


For further information including what can be funded and selection criteria, download the Funding Guidelines 

Support and contacts

We have a range of resources (Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Applicant’s step by step application guide) to assist applicants with their submission. 

If you have any questions regarding the Aboriginal Affairs NSW COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Organisations Grants Program, please email the team at grants@aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au, or contact your nearest Aboriginal Affairs NSW regional office on the phone numbers below:

Batemans Bay                                 02 4478 2659

Tamworth                                         02 5778 1804

Coffs Harbour                                  02 5646 5101

Broken Hill                                       08 8088 0003

Bourke                                             08 8088 0003

Dubbo                                              02 6887 4402

Newcastle                                        02 4924 7007

Sydney                                             02 8362 6673

COVID team                                    1800 019 998

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