Grant funding is being provided to build the capacity of South Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs).

Strengthening the community-controlled sector is a priority reform (Priority Reform Two) of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

The Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation Fund (SA) is a Closing the Gap initiative established in partnership with the South Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation Network (SAACCON).

Applications for round one will be open from 11 April to 23 May 23.
Learn more about applying for a grant.

About the grants

Grants of up to $150,000 will be provided to eligible ACCOs across five funding rounds.

Funded projects will build the capability and capacity of ACCOs to provide services and/or establish new initiatives that contribute to Closing the Gap.

Projects should also strengthen one or more of the four priority sectors currently identified in the National Agreement (Early childhood care and development, Housing, Heath, and Disability).

ACCOs applying for grants must be:

  • either incorporated under relevant legislation and not-for-profit or an unincorporated association of Aboriginal people
  • governed by a majority Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander governing body
  • controlled and operated by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • connected to the community, or communities, in which they deliver the services, and

The funding guidelines provide more information.

The Fund will support projects that enable ACCOs to strengthen their operations and programs or undertake new initiatives. The grant funding can support a single project or multiple activities.

Projects could be:

  • improvements to programs, services or new initiatives
  • business capability and governance projects
  • projects, infrastructure/equipment upgrades or system improvements
  • staff development
  • in support of ACCO participation in Closing the Gap initiatives.

Five grant funding rounds are planned between April 2023 and April 2024.

Each funding round will have priority areas. Grants of up to $150,000 may be awarded for each project.

There is no limit on the number of grant applications received from one ACCO in any round.

A cap of $200,000 of grant funding is applied per ACCO, per funding round.

A panel with equal membership of representatives from SAACCON and the Government will assess applications.


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