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 2020/21 funding round closed 29 January 2021.

How to apply

The Department has developed a Guideline for Applicants to assist you with your application. We also recommend contacting the Department to discuss your project before you submit your application. Please call us on (08) 6551 8197 or email

Project eligibility

Grant applications will only be accepted for projects associated with heritage places that are Registered Sites on the Register of Places and Objects (the Register) at the time of applying. You can check which places are on the Register using the Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System.

How to nominate a site that is not currently on the Register of Places and Objects? 

Any Aboriginal site that is not currently on the Register of Places and Objects will be required to be assessed and added to the Register before you can submit an application to the grants program. If you would like to submit an application for this program for an Aboriginal site that is not currently on the Register, please contact Victoria Johnson, Senior Projects Officer on (08) 6551 8197.

Who can apply? 

Only incorporated Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply. Individuals and government agencies (Local, State and Federal) are not eligible for grant funding through this program; however, joint submissions with other organisations may be made. If a joint application is made, the eligible Aboriginal organisation must be listed as the applicant, with the other organisation(s) listed in the application form. An organisation that is not confident that it can manage any resultant funding may wish to partner with an organisation that will manage the financial aspects of the project (an 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 evaluation

Projects are required to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Preservation and protection of an Aboriginal heritage site(s) 
  • Sustainable, long-term heritage benefits
  • Public benefit and increased awareness of Aboriginal heritage
  • Opportunities and benefits for Aboriginal people and organisations.

Find out more

If you have any queries regarding the grants program, please do not hesitate to contact Victoria Johnson, Senior Projects Officer, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Phone enquiries: (08) 6551 8197

Email enquiries:

The 2019/20 Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grant recipients were announced on 28 May 2020.

13 not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations were chosen to share in this year’s funding for a range of projects to protect and preserve registered Aboriginal sites across the State.

This year’s project funding will be used to protect ancient rock art, remove graffiti, and share stories through interpretive signage designed by Aboriginal artists, and installed at natural walking trails.

The funding will also be used to carry out complex site restorations, protect Aboriginal graves, and deliver on-the-ground land management and maintenance.

Read the Minister’s announcement.

2019-20 Preserving our Aboriginal Sites Grant Recipients

Grant recipientProject

Badimia Bandi Barna Aboriginal Corporation (BBBAC) 

Charles Darwin Reserve partnership project

Budadee Aboriginal Corporation

Woodstock and Tambourah site maintenance
Budundea Aboriginal CorporationBelele Aboriginal heritage graves protection

Esperance Tjaltraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

Protection of Stockyards Creek Aboriginal heritage site from the impacts of uncontrolled recreational vehicle use
Jidi Jidi Aboriginal CorporationBoogooda fencing and signage

Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre

Construction on a KALACC Keeping Place Mindibungu (Bililuna)
Malgana Aboriginal Corporation RNTBCCelebrating, Sharing and Connecting Our Stories - Gutharraguda Aboriginal Cultural Heritage site preservation and protection program
Marlinyu Ghoorlie Aboriginal Corporation2020 Restoration of Beringbooding Hill project

Meenangu Wajarri Aboriginal Corporation

Walghana: Caring for Walga Rock

Nyamba Buru Yawuru Limited

The Kunin (Fishermen's Bend) cultural precinct - management of internal/external access

Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation

Visual promotion of cultural heritage values on Robe River Kuruma Country

Undalup Association

Black Point Heritage complex site restoration project

Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation

Wintawari Guruma Rock Art Management - graffiti removal


Page last reviewed 30 March 2021
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