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, literacy, education, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists.

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:


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 - preference is given to small and intermediate sized projects 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 individual or community 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 usually fund projects between $500 to a limit of $5,000. To enquire about other levels of funding please contact us at

Time Frame for considering Applications

Grant applications are considered by the Board of the Foundation at each directors meeting. The Board currently meets approximately 6 - 8 times each year.

In extreme and special circumstances, the Board may allocate funds outside these guidelines.

Intending applicants are encouraged to send their completed applications by the following dates for consideration at the following Board meetings:

  • 7 December 2016

  • 8 February 2017

  • 12 April 2017


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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