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Additional Assistance Programs
While PCCC offers a range of opportunities, many other great programs and support services may be available to you.
View programs developed to support Indigenous Australians including community, housing, employment, financial and Covid-19-related needs.
We've compiled a list of low/no interest loans/Savings Schemes/Grants, Scholarships and Assistance Programs that are available to the public that may be of interest to you or help someone you know in the community.
If there are any grants/funding/scholarships which you think we can add to this list please contact us.
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First Nations-led research to tackle health issues facing First Nations people and help close the health and mortality gap - these research projects involve listening to Indigenous communities in order to get better outcomes.
The next grant opportunity is currently open for applications until 6 March 2024.
Further details about the successful projects can be found at Attachment A.
The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Indigenous Health Research Fund aims to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 11 years from 2018–19 to 2028–29.
The objectives and outcomes of the 2023 Indigenous Health Research grant opportunity are detailed in the grant guidelines.
Applications to this grant opportunity must propose research that addresses one of the five Streams of research. An application may be submitted to one of the five Streams only. Applicants must specify the Stream to which they are applying in their application.
This grant opportunity is being administered by NHMRC on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.
Further information on the Medical Research Future Fund is available from the Department of Health and Aged Care’s website.
Queensland Tourism Industry Council, in partnership with the Queensland Government and Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to provide support for First Nations people wishing to attend Destination IQ 2023, by covering registration costs.
Queensland’s premier First Nations tourism conference, Destination IQ, will be held in Cairns on Nov 22. QTIC invite you to join delegates of all backgrounds as we discuss the latest trends and topical issues impacting Queensland and First Nations Tourism.
Be inspired and build new connections by purchasing a ticket here: https://ow.ly/mVLp50Q3LMT
QTIC with the Queensland Government and Tourism and Events Queensland, we proudly support First Nations people wanting to attend Destination IQ. You can learn more about our subsidy program here: https://ow.ly/3W9x50Q3LN2
The new FairPlay system, Enquire, is now open and accessible for existing and new users to register.
Parents, carers or guardians can apply for a voucher valued up to $150 for their child, which can be used towards sport and active recreation membership, registration or participation fees with registered activity providers.
There is a limit of 1 voucher per child per calendar year.
You can apply if your child:
- is a Queensland resident aged from 5 to 17 years (inclusive) at the time of application
- did not receive a FairPlay voucher this calendar year
- holds, or whose parent, carer or guardian holds, a valid Services Australia Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with the child’s name on it.
Women's Worry Up Program
*Click locations above to view brochure*
If you have patients that can benefit from these sessions, call the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Team on 5479 9608.
Housing & Employment (HEP) Program
Struggling to pay your rent whilst studying?
You may be eligible for the Housing and Employment Program, which provides financial and other supports for low-income earners to sustain their tenancy while studying.
The Program is delivered by MAX Solutions and is funded under the Qld Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.
For more information and to check eligibility, contact the Bundaberg Case Manager, Janelle, on 0459 097 145.
COVID-19 Resources & Information
There is significant and evolving information being distributed regularly by Federal, State and Local governments in response to the unfolding Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
This page of Biedo's website will serve as a central database of resources and information and will be updated regularly as the situation changes. Please check back regularly to access updated information.
Mob Strong Debt Help
Mob Strong Debt Help is a free legal advice service about money matters for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from anywhere in Australia. Financial Rights Legal Centre specialise in the law about consumer loans (like credit cards, payday loans, car loans and home loans), banking, debt recovery and insurance (like car, home, travel, life, funeral, and pet insurance).
Financial Rights Legal Centre is a specialist community legal centre. They are non-government, non-profit organisation and provide information, advice and assistance to individuals and also argue for a fairer financial services market for consumers, particularly low-income and disadvantaged consumers.
Payments and support for Indigenous Australians
- ABSTUDY can help you and your family with study, Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship costs, as well as travel.
- Relocation Scholarship can help if you need to move to, or from, a remote or regional area to study. It’s paid once a year.
- Student Start-up Loan is a voluntary loan you can get up to twice a year. You can get it if you’re an eligible higher education student. It can help you buy study-related items like textbooks.
- Tertiary Access Payment helps students with the cost of moving from an outer regional or remote area for tertiary study.
- Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme can help you with the extra study costs for your children. It's for people who can’t go to a state or public school on a daily basis because they either:
- live in an isolated area
- have a disability or special education need.
- You may also be able to get Remote Area Allowance if both of the following apply:
- you get one of our payments
- you live in a remote area.
- Centrepay helps pay bills and expenses as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments. This can make it easier for you to budget
NILS (No Interest Loan Scheme) - No longer available
Please note: the StepUP program is no longer available.
Existing clients can continue to repay their loans until final completion.
If you are an existing StepUP client and require assistance with your loan, you will continue to be supported by the NAB and can call them directly on 1800 701 599 with any queries. Interpreters are available if required.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients can access NAB support directly on 1800 966 100.
Victim Assist Queensland
Australian Indigenous Coffee (AIC) Creative Grants
2 x $10,000 Creative Grants on offer for First Nations storytellers, writers, illustrators and artists.
The grant is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers and writers working in any genre, this could include junior, young adult and adult fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, children’s picture book and graphic novels. The grant is also open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and illustrators working in any medium.
Skillsets for Successful Tenancies is a free course designed to help you secure and keep a rental property by developing key knowledge and critical skills needed to rent successfully.
- Learn how to strengthen your rental application with an industry recognised certificate so that your tenancy application will stand out amongst the rest.
- Discover solutions to common renting problems and learn how to approach tricky situations with confidence.
- Find out where to go if you need help or advice during your tenancy.
- Save time and money by understanding how to get things right the first time around such as how to clean for rental inspections and exits.
- Get tips and inside knowledge for successful tenancies from a local Property Manager.
The Cashless Debit Card (CDC) program is ending in early 2023. What you need to do depends on where you live, or lived when you got your CDC. This may not be where you live now.
This program aims to assist Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen content makers in travelling to key international and Australian events.
Funding that can be requested, supported by a budget, are up to:
- $6,000 for international travel
- $3,000 for travel within Australia
Applications must be submitted at least five weeks before the event.
The First Nations Commissioning Fund is focused on investing in opportunities that share First Nations stories and cultural knowledge and elevate awareness of Queensland’s exceptional First Nations arts and cultural products and experiences.
The First Nations Commissioning Fund:
- Supports the development and presentation of new work and cultural programs by First Nations artists, arts workers and organisations
- Strengthens skills development and provide new employment opportunities for First Nations artists and arts workers
- Grows a pipeline of high-quality First Nations arts, cultural products, and experiences
Community Partnership Innovation Grants
Applications for round 2 of the Community Partnership Innovation Grants (2022-23) are now open, with up to $3 million in funds available for communities across Queensland.
One-off grants of up to $300,000 are available for local projects that support young people, who are or could become offenders, to change their behaviours and improve community connection.
The grants support new ideas and projects that target the unique issues being experienced by local communities, and that are designed in partnership with the local community.
Click here to view the Fact Sheet
Business Basics Grants Program
The Business Basics grants program provides support to businesses to increase core skills and adopt best practice.
This support includes funded activities in 5 priorities:
- Training and coaching
- Website build or upgrades
- Professional business advice
- Strategic marketing services
- Business continuity and succession.
The program is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).
Detailed eligibility criteria
To be eligible for this grant, your business must:
- not have been approved for funding under Round 1, 2 or 3 of the Business Basics grants program
- have fewer than 20 employees (by head count) at the time of applying for the grant
- have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
- have headquarters in Queensland
- have an expected turnover of $300,000 or less in the last financial year (2021–22)
- not have owners/directors that are insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt.
Your business must also maintain this eligibility for the duration of the grant funded activity.
DCLP Emerging Leaders Workshop
The GRC Developing Community Leaders Program (DCLP) in collaboration with Blue Wren Connections and Gladstone Region engaging in action Together (GRT) is a series of co-designed, community-led workshops across the Gladstone Region. The workshops focus on relationships, leadership development and collaboration across sectors, to encourage emerging leaders to move into leadership roles within the Gladstone Region. The workshops will equip the community leaders with the skills and knowledge to effectively collaborate to drive change and champion positive futures for the Gladstone Regions communities.
If you are interested in attending these workshops, please register click here to RSVP
If you have any questions, contact Wendy 0407 382 284
For the second SQW funding round in 2022–23, a SQW Community Recovery package has been activated to assist with the clean-up and re-building program across 21 identified local government areas in South East Queensland and the Fraser Coast region as a result of widespread damage caused by extraordinary rainfall and flooding.
Projects funded under Work Skills Traineeships – SQW Community Recovery will offer immediate job opportunities to displaced workers and local job seekers in disaster affected areas to support the recovery effort.
- earn a certificate I level qualification in business, construction, conservation and ecosystem management, hospitality or retail services
- gain practical experience in real work situations that align with their training
- complete paid work that can be included in their resumes
- receive a mix of career advice, job preparation skills and foundation skills
The Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre is hosting a Youth Leadership Development workshop which is open to all young people between 15 and 25 years of age.
Please share the flyer with your networks and any young people who are interested in learning more about being a leader. We have some great presenters who can share their views on being a leader.
Registration details are on the flyer.
About the 2023 Indigenous Languages Grants
Indigenous Languages Grants aim to increase the number and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages spoken in Queensland in partnerships with Aboriginal peoples and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Applications for grants have closed and currently in progress of assessing.
For more information about the Indigenous Languages Grants, visit www.qld.gov.au/ilg
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