Applications for indigenous funding will open on September 8, and to coincide with this, Strategic Grants will be offering webinars for those looking to apply. Jane Symonds gives the details.
On September 8 the Federal Government will begin accepting applications for funding under the new Indigenous Advancement Strategy, in a new funding model reminiscent of the recent Department of Social Services restructure.
The new $4.8 billion strategy is administered by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. It rolls more than 150 individual programs and activities into five program areas: Jobs, Land and Economy; Children and Schooling; Safety and Wellbeing; Culture and Capability; and Remote Australia Strategies.
Organisations with funding agreements expiring in the 2014-15 financial year are required to apply for their future funding, and applications will also be open to organisations not currently funded by the Federal Government.
Strategic Grants will be running one-hour webinars for those looking to apply on September 9 and 10, to review the guidelines, discuss key submission requirements, and provide guidance on best-practice approaches to these significant applications. For more information and to register, click here.
In addition, the half-day Grant-Seeker Workshop being held by Strategic Grants in Darwin on September 16 will include a discussion of the requirements for these funding rounds. To register, click here.
While the exact structure of the grant rounds is yet to be revealed, there is no doubt the focus will again be on collaborative submissions. The information available to date stipulates organisations are able to apply for one or more program areas through a single application, and if successful will receive a single funding agreement.
Submissions will close on Tuesday 7 October, leaving little time to make arrangements once the funding rounds open – so organisations planning to apply should be speaking to their partners and collaborators, and confirming referral pathways now.
Organisations planning to apply should register for updates and announcements from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. A brief statement on the planned funding rounds is available on the Indigenous Affairs website.
Jane Symonds is research and communications manager at Strategic Grants. She has a wealth of experience and expertise in sourcing funding opportunities for nonprofits, and communicating to get the best results.