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Local Investments Funding Grant Opportunity

Funding / Fellowship

Last Date 30-06-2024

The Local Investments Funding Grant Opportunity enables strategic and rapid response to address local issues to benefit First Nations people and facilitate improved community and government engagement.  The objective of a Local Investments Funding grant is to deliver outcomes, aligned to community needs government priorities and Closing the Gap targets by providing funding of no more than $100,000 (GST exclusive) for:

  • generally small scale, short-term, one-off proposals to address immediate local need and which have community support;
  • a variety of activities, ranging from small scale infrastruture and cultural activities, through to a co-contribution to larger projects; and
  • activities that leverage other government funding and may include co-contributions for larger projects with other governments, local councils or organisations.

To be eligible, applicants just be invisted by the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) to apply for funding.


To be eligible to apply for grant funding under the Local Investments Funding grant opportunity you must:

  • be invited by the NIAA to apply for funding to address an identified need under the Local Investments Funding grant opportunity;
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) (exemptions may apply in special cases);
  • where relevant, be registered for the purposes of GST;
  • if an individual, be a permanent resident of Australia;
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution;
  • be one of the eligibility entity types identified in the Local Investments Funding Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria outlines in the Local Investments Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

The maximum grant period is 1 year with funding expected to be fully expended within the financial year in which the grant payments commence.

Total Amount Available (AUD):


Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $0.00 to $100,000.00

Instructions for Application Submission:

Applicants must be invited by the NIAA to apply for funding.  If you are invited and want to apply for the Local Investments Funding Grant Opportunity you must:

  • complete the application form provided by NIAA
  • provide all the information requested
  • address all eligibility criteria and assessment criteria
  • include all necessary attachments
  • submit the application form.

Other Instructions:

Applicants should review the Local Investments Funding Grant Opportunity Guidelines and sample grant agreement before submitting an application.  These documents provide key information to assist applicants to complete the application.

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