Remote Aboriginal Development Fund

If you are an organisation in a remote area of the Northern Territory, you may be able to apply for a development grant offered through the Remote Aboriginal Development Fund (RADF).

The fund supports initiatives in remote regions that have a positive impact on economic development, employment opportunities and improving governance and capacity in communities.

There are two separate grant programs available under the fund, each with a different focus:  

  • Governance and Capacity building grants program
  • Economic Development grants program 

Activities submitted for these grants programs must demonstrate clear outcomes and ongoing benefits for remote Aboriginal Territorians.

There will be one grant round in 2017/2018.  

Who can apply

To apply for a RADF grant, you must satisfy all of the following: 

  • your organisation or project submitted must be based in a remote region. Remote means outside Greater Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. 
  • your organisation is a not-for-profit organisation or an Aboriginal organisation or enterprise including partnerships and joint ventures with majority Aboriginal ownership
  • your organisation must be registered and have an Australian Business Number (ABN). 

You can not apply for a grant as an individual or as an Australian, state or territory government agency unless you are a Northern Territory land council.

Local government authorities, education institutions, hospitals and the Regional Development Australia Committee can not apply for the Economic Development grants program. 

What you can apply for

There are two types of Governance and Capacity building grants you can apply for:

  • Small grants - up to $20,000 
    For small projects with a total value of less than $20,000. Grant funding will be up to 100 per cent of your eligible project costs.  
  • Large grants - up to $50,000 
    For projects with a total value of more than $20,000. Grant funding will be up to 75 per cent of your eligible project costs to a maximum of $50,000.

There are two types of Economic Development grants you can apply for:

  • Small grants - above $15,000 and up to $50,000
    For initiatives with a total value of less than $50,000. Grant funding will be up to 100 per cent of your eligible costs.
  • Large grants - up to $100,000
    For initiatives with a total value of more than $50,000. Grant funding will be up to 50 per cent of your eligible costs to a maximum of $100,000.

Activities suitable for submission under the Economic Development stream include:

  • enterprise level feasibility and start-up
  • sales and marketing activities
  • licensing and trademark fees
  • research and development activities
  • investment attraction

You can apply for funding under both grants programs. If you have secured a RADF grant, you will no longer be eligible for the Aboriginal Business Development Program.

If your initiative has a total value of less than $15,000 you should check out the Aboriginal Business Development Program.

When to apply

You can apply now until 31 October 2017. 

If you wish to apply for a grant after this date you should discuss your application with a regional economic development officer.

How to apply

To apply for one of the grants programs follow these steps.

Step 1.  Discuss your proposed project or initiative with a regional economic development officer.

Contact the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation by calling (08) 8951 5785 or emailing cado.nt@nt.gov.au to be put in contact with your relevant development officer.

Step 2. Fill in the relevant grant application form:

Make sure your application demonstrates clear outcomes and ongoing benefits for remote Aboriginal Territorians.

Step 3. Send your application by email or mail.

  • Governance and Capacity building grant applications: 
               Email: dcm.radfgrants@nt.gov.au
               Mail:   GPO Box 4396
                         Darwin NT 0801
  • Economic Development grant applications:  
               Email: cado.nt@nt.gov.au  
               Mail:   PO Box 8470
                         Alice Springs NT 0871

You will receive confirmation in writing that your application has been received. 

More information

Governance and Capacity building grants program: 
Department of the Chief Minister
Phone: (08) 8999 5115
Email:   dcm.radfgrants@nt.gov.au

Economic Development grants program:
Department of the Trade, Business and Innovation
Phone: (08) 8951 5785
Email: cado.nt@nt.gov.au

Last updated: 13 October 2017