Calling all Aboriginal organisations: NSW Cultural Grants open

Grants of up to $20,000 are available to enable Indigenous communities to strengthen, protect, share, promote and maintain traditional and modern expressions of Indigenous culture.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Ben Franklin said supporting Indigenous cultural heritage is an essential part of maintaining health and well-being in communities across the state.

“The NSW Cultural Grants Scheme will enable Indigenous organizations and community groups to organize cultural events and activities that will enable the sharing of cultural knowledge and skills between generations,” Mr Franklin said.

“This is an important program that will invest funds in the hands of Indigenous communities who know best how to organize culturally appropriate and community-centered events and activities for their local areas.

“We know that by investing in local community initiatives, we will dramatically change the dial on Closing the Gap’s goals and I encourage all Indigenous community groups to apply for this funding.

Under the program, $700,000 will be available for small Indigenous-owned and controlled community organizations, unincorporated groups and businesses. Large regional and national organizations will share funding of $300,000.

Indigenous Affairs NSW set up a cultural grants program in 2021/2022 which supported 43 projects for a total of $680,910.

The Wahgunyah Aboriginal Housing Corporation (WHAC) in Narrabri was one of the successful recipients, using its funding to organize a gathering of community and Aboriginal service providers to coincide with Harmony Day.

WHAC Treasurer Kate Briggs said the post-Covid meeting was an amazing day.

“It was so great to see service providers and the community mingle locally in a relaxed atmosphere,” Ms Briggs said.

“Seniors and school children wrote messages on paper hands and these are now pasted on the community tree in our Harmony Day office as a lovely reminder of an important community reunion after such a long time apart. “

Applications for the NSW Cultural Grants Scheme close on Friday 14 April 2023.

Further details are available at: Aboriginal Affairs NSW – Grants

James C. Tibbs