COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Organisations Grants Program
CLOSING SOON - 5pm, Friday 14 May 2021
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.
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
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
an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act
- 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
- 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
- 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.
further information including what can be funded and selection criteria, download the Funding
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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