Preserving our Aboriginal sites grants program

The program offers financial support to Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations to undertake projects that protect and preserve registered Aboriginal sites.

The ‘Preserving our Aboriginal Sites’ grant program is a yearly program. The 2018 grant round has now closed and future rounds will be announced online. If you are considering applying to the program and would like to be notified of the next funding, please contact the department to discuss your project.

About the program

The program offers financial support to Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations to undertake projects that protect and preserve registered Aboriginal sites. Incorporated Aboriginal organisations registered for GST can apply for a maximum of $30,000 (excluding GST) per application. Unincorporated Aboriginal groups and organisations not GST registered can apply for a maximum of $15,000 (excluding GST) per application. Applicants may submit as many applications as they wish. Grants are offered following a competitive assessment process.

Eligibility

Grant applications will only be accepted for projects associated with heritage places that are on the Register of Places and Objects (the Register) or that have been previously lodged with the department and are awaiting assessment. You can check which places are on the Register or have been lodged for assessment using the Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System.

Who can apply? 

Only not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations are eligible to apply. Individuals and government agencies (local, State and Federal) are not eligible for grant funding through this program.

Joint submissions with other organisations may be made, however, a single eligible Aboriginal organisation must be listed as the applicant, with the other organisation(s) listed in the project details section of the application form. For example, an organisation that is not confident that it can manage any resultant grant may wish to partner with an organisation that will manage the financial aspects of the project (auspicing body). The auspicing body must agree to receive the funds and to administer the grant in accordance with the terms and conditions of the signed grant agreement.

Project requirements

Project should be able to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. Sustainable long-term heritage benefits.

  2. Public benefit and increased awareness of Aboriginal heritage.
  3. Opportunities and benefits for Aboriginal people and organisations.

We highly recommend that you discuss your project with the grants team at the department prior to submitting your application.

Page last reviewed 24 November 2018
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