Indigenous Special Projects Grant Round 2 2012/13

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at midnight 2 April 2013 (AEDT - Melbourne time).

Funds are available to support special one-off Indigenous radio programs and resource projects for regional or national distribution, as well as sector-wide conferences or seminars. The grants assist with the maintenance and development of Indigenous community broadcasting throughout Australia.

Applications are accepted twice a year in March/April and September.

Consideration of Indigenous Grants is the responsibility of the Indigenous Grants Advisory Committee (IGAC).

We strongly encourage you to discuss your project with the relevant CBF Grants Administrator before submitting your application. They can provide advice on the types of projects funded in this category and what information you should include in your application.

For assistance in applying please see links to further information below. If you would prefer to apply for the grant using a word processing document, contact the CBF Grants Administrator.

CBF Grants Administrator:

Claire Stuchbery
Telephone: (03) 8341 5955

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 This grant round has now closed.  While the grant guidelines for the next round may change, the guidelines for the last round are below for your reference.

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 Indigenous Special Projects grant

Please read these grant guidelines before you apply.  Even if you frequently apply under this category, read them each round, as the grant guidelines are regularly revised. The grant guidelines include important information about this grant category including what you can use the grant for and the criteria used by the Indigenous Grants Advisory Committee to assess your application.

1. What's the objective of Indigenous Special Projects grants?

To support special one-off Indigenous radio programs and resource projects for regional or national distribution, as well as sector-wide conferences or seminars. The grants assist with the maintenance and development of Indigenous community broadcasting throughout Australia.

2. Who is eligible to apply?

You can apply if you are:

  • an Indigenous community radio station (licensed Indigenous community radio station or RIBS station). A Remote Indigenous Media Organisation (RIMO) may apply on behalf of one or more RIBS for program resource projects that benefit remote Indigenous community broadcasting.
  • an incorporated not for profit Indigenous media organisation producing regular Indigenous programs for broadcast on a licensed community radio station or that produces sector wide resources for the benefit of Indigenous community broadcasting.
  • a non-Indigenous licensed community radio station may auspice a grant on behalf an unincorporated Indigenous broadcast group provided there is substantial Indigenous participation in the planning and delivery of the project.

Grants are not available to stations broadcasting under a narrowcast licence.

3. How much can you apply for?

As a guide only, projects will be funded at an approximate rate of $1,000 per hour of content produced. Sector-wide conferences may apply for up to $50,000.

Only one application per organisation will be considered in each round.

4. What are the priorities in this grant category?

We will prioritise:

  • programs containing national or regional Indigenous social, cultural or political events for live or delayed broadcast
  • documentaries or oral history projects with tangible broadcast outcomes
  • a single or short program series supporting Indigenous cultural retention and awareness
  • programs or projects that contribute to Closing the Gap targets including health, education, enterprise development, and community safety
  • programs or projects that involve Indigenous youth
  • development of radio program resources that assist the production of Indigenous radio programs

5. What can you use the grant for?

To support the production of high quality national or regional Indigenous one-off programs, that are distributed for example, through NIRS, Indigitube, Community Radio Network, PDS or a RIMO network.

Budgets may include producer reimbursement costs. Archiving projects may be supported provided that they lead to the production of content for broadcast.

6. What can't you use the grant for?

  • Operational costs
  • Training of station personnel - you should apply under the Training Delivery grants category

7. What does the Grants Advisory Committee look at when assessing your application?

Applications will be competitively assessed and prioritised by reference to the following assessment criteria:

Weighting  Application form question Criteria 
30%  Why is this project needed?  Need - The project will solve a problem or meet a need as described in the grant category objective
Priority - The project addresses the identified category priorities
20%  How will the project be delivered?  Planning - Your proposal demonstrates thorough planning of the project.
Value - The methods you choose to conduct this project are cost effective for the outcomes to be produced.
20%  Who is involved?  Capacity - You demonstrate that you have access to the skills and resources to undertake and complete the project.
Stakeholders - You identify people / partners who will contribute to  and  benefit from the project.
30%  What will the project achieve?  Impact - The project will provide lasting outcomes for your organisation, community and/or the wider community broadcasting sector.
Evaluation - You identify how you will measure the success of the project.  

8. What should you include in the application?

  • Letter of support from distribution platform manager for national programs (eg. NIRS)

  • Letters of support from stations or networks who wish to rebroadcast the program

  • Most recent Annual Report with audited financial statements (if not previously supplied)

  • Certificate of Incorporation (if not previously supplied)
  • Organisation's budget for current financial year (if not previously supplied)


For further information see:

Applying for the first time?

General information for all applicants

SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants

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