Sponsoring Agency: Australian Government
Deadline Available: Available
Deadline Date (mm/dd/yyyy): 04/13/2021
Size of the Fund: USD $500,000 to $1 Million
The Australian Government is inviting applications from Indigenous businesses, Indigenous organisations or other organisations supporting Indigenous business, in an open process, to apply for a grant under the Biosecurity Business Grants program.
The Biosecurity Business Grants program (the program) will run over 3 years from 2020-21 to 2022-23 and will be delivered through the Indigenous Rangers Biosecurity Program. $880,000 (GST inclusive) is available per funding round (i.e. for each year).
Grants will be available to existing or new Indigenous businesses (or other organisations working closely with Indigenous communities) to develop business, feasibility or marketing plans and/or to fund innovative business opportunities that capitalise on biosecurity.
The purpose of the program is to provide funding which supports Indigenous businesses and not-for-profits to develop business opportunities relating to biosecurity in northern Australia and the Torres Strait.
The objective of the program is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia to view biosecurity as a business opportunity through the development of innovative business ideas.
The intended outcomes of the program are to:
• increase biosecurity capability including awareness, surveillance and response in northern Australia
• increase economic opportunities for Indigenous communities.
• The total grant funding available is up to $880,000 per year inclusive of GST over 3 years from 2020–21.
• The grant period for each grant will vary depending on the type of grant activities.
To be eligible, applicants must be a legal entity and have full legal capacity to enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.
• Applicants must be:
o an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or an Indigenous organisation or
o another legal entity (such as a not-for-profit organisation, registered charity or publicly funded research organisation) working with Indigenous people to deliver economic/business opportunities to Indigenous people, demonstrated by providing evidence of:
past experience working with Indigenous people
consultation with and support from relevant Indigenous organisations or communities.
• An ‘Indigenous organisation’ includes:
o a Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
o an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander local government body
o another legal entity with greater than 51% Indigenous controlling membership or ownership.
You must attach to your application detailed evidence of your eligibility in accordance with the requirements of this section.
Applications from consortia are eligible, as long as you have a lead applicant who is solely accountable to the Commonwealth for the delivery of grant activities and who is an eligible entity as per the list above. Eligible organisations can form a consortium with ineligible organisations. The selection panel may suggest that, as part of the approval, 2 or more organisations form a consortia.
Additional Eligibility Requirements
You must have the following additional eligibility requirements in place before you apply:
• an Australian Business Number
• an account with an Australian financial institution
• for individuals, be a permanent resident of Australia.
If you do not meet these additional requirements, you will not be eligible.
More information at: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/biosecurity-business-grants-program