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Grants and funding

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) funds projects aimed at helping Indigenous Australians. Funding is allocated through the: Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), National Partnership Agreements, Special Accounts and Special Appropriations.

For further information about the IAS, including grant opportunities, see funding under the IAS. Grant funding is also available through Indigenous-specific and mainstream programs delivered by other agencies.

Information about all government funding opportunities is available at GrantConnect.

NAIDOC 2024 Local Grants 

The NAIDOC 2024 Local Grants Opportunity is now open and applications can be lodged on GrantConnect up until 3:00 pm AEDT on Thursday 22 February 2024. 

Held across Australia from 7-14 July 2024, NAIDOC Week will celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme, Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud, honours the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture – with fire a symbol of connection to Country, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The NAIDOC Local Grants open to all organisations, schools and local governments and First Nations communities and registered businesses are encouraged to apply for funding to run an event or activity that directly relates to the 2024 NAIDOC theme Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud. Events and activities could include;

  • activities that promote heathy outcomes for First Nations people;
  • arts based activities, including painting, dancing, crafts and storytelling;
  • family fun days – bush tucker and community activities;
  • cultural and Elders activities;
  • NAIDOC themed sporting activities or competitions, or
  • activities that actively promote Reconciliation.

Events and activities must be delivered in accordance with the latest government and health advice to limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19, particularly with respect to protecting Elders and those with chronic health issues. 

The grants and the application process are managed by the National Indigenous Australians Agency with two tiers available in 2024: small scale grants for up to $10,000 and large scale grants for between $10,001 and $50,000 (GST ex).

For more information and to apply for a NAIDOC Local Grant, visit and submit an application before closing at 3:00 pm AEDT on Thursday 22 February 2024.

To learn more about this year’s NAIDOC theme and for more information on NAIDOC Week visit

Support for Community Sector Organisations

The Support for Community Sector Organisations measure was announced in the 2022-2023 October Budget to support organisations in need of funding supplementation to address staff wage pressures and high inflation rates. The supplementation is provided through additional payments to eligible organisations over four years.

The NIAA has determined which funded organisations and activities are eligible for supplementation in line with the published Grant Opportunity Guidelines available on GrantConnect.  As circumstances affecting CSOs and activities change, this list may also change, and so the NIAA will periodically update this list when appropriate.

A list of organisations and associated grant activities eligible to receive 2022-2023 Support for Community Sector Organisations payments from NIAA is also available. 

Indigenous Entrepreneurs Fund (IEF)

The IEF was a three year program that ended on 30 June 2019.

Funding under the IEF is no longer available. Potential applicants can speak with their local NIAA office to discuss alternative options.

Collection of personal information for administering grants

NIAA collects personal information as part of its delivery of grant programs. This information may be used to assess and process grant applications, to administer grant agreements, for compliance and detection of fraud, or for research and analysis.

For the same purposes, we may disclose personal information to those involved in the assessment of applications, contractors of the Commonwealth, Parliament and other government agencies. We may also use de-identified information for the purposes of reporting to other agencies, Parliament and the public.

Details about the information we collect and who it may be disclosed to will be available in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines for each funding opportunity.

The Agency will not provide the information collected from you to anyone else outside the Agency (other than the parties listed in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines), unless you have given consent for us to do this, or we are authorised or required to do so by law.

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