Appendix G Grant programs

Table G-1 lists the grant programs administered by the Department in 2010–11. Information on grants awarded by FaHCSIA during the period from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 is available at

Grant program Purpose Program
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation To assist the establishment and operation of the Healing Foundation to support community-based healing initiatives to address the traumatic historical legacy on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of colonisation, forced removals and other past government policies. 7.4
Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA)—Payments under section 64(4) of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 To fund projects that benefit Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory in the areas of economic development, land and sea management, community enhancement, scholarship and sponsorship in education and leadership, and ceremonial and funeral support. 7.4
Broadband for Seniors To provide senior Australians with free access to computers, the internet and individual workshop training through the establishment of internet kiosks in the local community. 4.2
Children and Parenting Services To support parents and children aged from birth to 12 years who are vulnerable, at risk or in disadvantaged communities, to improve child development safety and family functioning. 1.1
Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory To implement targeted measures that aim to protect women and children, improve community capacity and provide sustainable community development in prescribed communities in the Northern Territory through the Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement. 7.5
Combating Petrol Sniffing To reduce the incidence of substance abuse in declared petrol sniffing strategy zones by addressing prevention, early intervention and treatment issues, and tailored support packages to communities experiencing the impact of substance abuse. 7.4
Community Development Employment Projects To provide participation opportunities and community development projects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that develop skills and improve employability of participants to assist them to move into employment or training and to strengthen Indigenous communities through community development and support. 7.1
Community Investment To help Australians participate in the community by supporting non profit organisations to deliver responsive and integrated services that meet local community needs. 3.2
Family Relationship Services To provide services to families, particularly disadvantaged and at risk families, to improve family functioning, and reduce the impact of family breakdown, family violence and substance abuse. 1.1
Financial Management To improve the financial knowledge, skills, capabilities and resilience of vulnerable individuals and families to alleviate the immediate impact of financial stress, and to coordinate a national approach to reduce problem gambling. 3.1
Flexible Funding To address priority Indigenous community needs through flexible funding for strategic investments, including community projects in the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership priority communities. There are two subcomponents to Flexible Funding—Indigenous Communities Strategic Investment and Remote Service Delivery Flexible Funding Pool. 7.4
Gender Equality for Women To implement strategies to improve economic outcomes for women, reduce violence against women and increase opportunities for women to take on greater leadership responsibilities. 6.1
Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention To prevent homelessness and reduce its impact, particularly on young people and families, and reduce the cost and increase the supply of housing. 2.1
Indigenous Capability and Development To provide engagement and support for individuals, families and communities to improve wellbeing and capability. 7.4
Indigenous Community Strategic Investment To support Indigenous communities to implement identified priorities and enable tailored responses to local community needs, particularly where there is a clear commitment to share responsibility between government and community. 7.4
Indigenous Family Safety To reduce the high rates of family violence in Indigenous communities by addressing alcohol abuse, strengthening social norms against violence and coordinating support services to aid in the recovery of people who experience violence. 1.1
Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure To deliver national programs and projects including the Indigenous Mothers’ Accommodation Fund, the Indigenous Boarding Hostels Partnerships initiative and the Fixing Houses for Better Health program. In addition, funding is provided for delivery of some municipal and essential services to Indigenous communities under existing arrangements pending the consideration of roles, responsibilities and funding across governments as agreed under the National Partnership on Remote Indigenous Housing. 7.2
Indigenous Leadership To develop effective leadership capacity for Indigenous individuals and communities and activities to enhance Indigenous women’s leadership, representation, safety, wellbeing and economic status. 7.4
Native Title and Land Rights To support Indigenous rights to land recognised or provided for through Commonwealth land rights legislation and facilitate the representation and assistance of native title claimants and holders in the pursuit and exercise of native title rights. 7.3
National Rental Affordability Schemea To increase the supply of affordable rental dwellings in Australia. Funding for a national rental incentive is allocated to providers of new dwellings on the condition that they are rented to low and moderate income households at 20% below market rents.
Payments to universities and other institutions for special studies To provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research across a broad range of social and economic areas to develop sound evidence-based policy and programs. 7.4
Public Awareness To raise public awareness in the wider Australian community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, society and issues; includes funding to conduct the annual NAIDOC community celebrations. 7.4
Reconciliation Australia To fund operational costs to support continued operations of Reconciliation Australia 7.4
Services for People with Disability To provide social support and community-based care for people with disability, their carers and their families, to promote independence, self reliance and participation in the community. 5.4
Support for Carers To assist carers in their caring role through respite and information services for young carers and peer support groups for parents of young children with disability. 5.5
Targeted Community Care (Mental Health) To implement community mental health initiatives to assist people with mental illness and their families and carers to manage the impact of mental illness. 5.1
Youth Homelessness To improve the level of engagement in family, work, education and the community of young people (including newly arrived young people) who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and their families. 2.1

a Under the Administrative Arrangements Orders of 14 September and 14 October 2010, responsibility for the National Rental Affordability Scheme was transferred from FaHCSIA to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.