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 program is run annually by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. 

Applications for the 2019/20 funding round closed on Tuesday 29 October 2019.

The 2020/21 funding round will open from 1 July 2020. Closing dates and further information for the 2020/21 round of funding will be available on this site in the first half of 2020.

To register your interest and receive updates for the Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grants program 2020/21, please submit your details below.

About the program

The program offers funding to incorporated Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations to undertake projects that protect and preserve registered Aboriginal sites. These organisations can apply for a maximum of $30,000 (excluding GST) per application. Applicants may submit applications for as many projects as they wish. 

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 on the Register prior to the closing date of applications for the 2020/21 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 Rae Young, Senior Projects Officer on (08) 6551 9747.

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

In the 2020/21 funding round, projects will likely be 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 Rae Young, Senior Projects Officer, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Phone enquiries: (08) 6551 9747

Email enquiries: HeritageGrants@dplh.wa.gov.au

Page last reviewed 3 December 2019
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