The Foundation 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, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists.

In view of the limited resources available to the Foundation, priority for funding is being given to the following categories:

1. Seeding grants:

  • to research the relevance and value of new projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists that may be ineligible for support from existing agencies
  • to facilitate schemes or projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists which are of benefit to Aboriginal health, welfare or education which have potential for wider application.

2. One-off grants in support of:

  • health and well being of artists and their families
  • education through art projects which will benefit health and well being
  • individuals and communities, with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists, to meet special needs

Level of Grants Provided

The Foundation will fund projects from $500 to a limit of $5,000. To enquire about other levels of funding please contact us at

Please note, for legal reasons, the ABF may only pay grant money to organisations or companies endorsed as a "Deductible Gift Recipient" (a DGR).

For further information regarding DGRs, please visit:

Time Frame for Applicants

Grant applications are considered by the Board of the Foundation at each directors meeting.

The Board currently meets approximately 6 - 8 times each year. Intending applicants are encouraged to submit their applications at least 2 weeks before a scheduled meeting date.

Scheduled meeting dates

  • Friday 21 October 2016 (intending grant applicants are encouraged to submit by 7 October)

  • Friday 16 December 2016 (intending grant applicants are encouraged to submit by 2 December)


Applications for grants can be made using the ABF Grant Application Form.

Download the ABF Grant Application Form HERE:



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If your application is successful, you will receive an email or letter advising you a grant is offered. Payment of a grant will not be made until the grant conditions have been agreed and accepted.

It is a standard grant condition that organisations agree to acknowledge the support of the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation (ABF) in all promotional material associated with the project. This includes use of the ABF logo, and if appropriate, a standard text of acknowledgement :

This project has been assisted by the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation.

The ABF logo can be emailed on request or downloaded HERE:

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