Who we help

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.


The ABF only supports organisations or companies endorsed as a “Deductible Gift Recipient” (DGR). Evidence of this is a requirement for receiving ABF grants. For further information regarding DGRs, click here.


Current grant priorities

Please note over the next two years, the ABF is committed to the significant support of several large projects. The progress will be reported on this website during 2018. This means that the ABF does not encourage new grant applications in 2018-2019.



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 via the contact page.


Application form

Applications for grants can be made using the ABF Grant Application Form. Download a PDF version here or a Word version here.

Emu Runner Feature Film 2017

Information for successful applicants

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 ABF in all promotional material associated with the project. This includes use of our logo (available upon request), and if appropriate, a standard text of acknowledgement:


This project has been assisted by the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation.