Strategic Grants very proudly launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) earlier this year. The RAP enables us to strengthen our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, and how we can support reconciliation. You can read our Reflect RAP here. 

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. 

In the spirit of NRW, which runs from 27 May – 3 June 2023, we are sharing funding opportunities with a specific focus on First Nations projects. 

We also encourage you to visit the NRW website to learn more about how you or your organisation can participate this year. There are heaps of events happening across Australia. Some members of our Reconciliation Working Group will be participating in this NRW Yarning Webinar on 30 May hosted by Evolve Communities with Aunty Munya and Carla – you can get your ticket here! 

As always, if you are considering applying for any of the opportunities below, read the guidelines carefully and ensure that your organisation meets all eligibility criteria. 

Funding opportunities 

Indigenous Languages Grants being offered by the Queensland Government 

The objective of the Indigenous Languages Grants is to increase the number and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages spoken in Queensland in partnerships with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Language initiatives can include: producing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language resources, including digital technology in an accessible and culturally safe manner; increasing participation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language teaching and learning; supporting the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, knowledge, and cultural heritage through language-focused arts initiatives; providing professional development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to learn and teach Indigenous languages; researching, reviving, and documenting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from resources held in State Library or other state or national archives. 

More information: 

Northern Territory Aboriginal Investment Corporation (NTAIC) – General Grants 

A General Grant project must: align with the objectives of the relevant NTAIC Grant Program; be delivered in the NT; be for the benefit of Aboriginal peoples living in the NT, or based in the NT if temporarily studying or working interstate or overseas; support the participation of NT Aboriginal organisations wherever possible; promote employment of NT Aboriginal people wherever possible; not be the responsibility of mainstream government funding (although projects that are the responsibility of mainstream funding may be considered if that funding is not immediately or soon available) 

More information: 

National Indigenous Australis Agency (NIAA)- Community Initiated Proposals 

The NIAA considers grant proposals that address a need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Proposals must be developed with the community or group who will be impacted by the activity. Communities, organisations, businesses and individuals will still be able to approach the Agency with funding proposals. 

More information: 

City of Melbourne – Aboriginal Community Grants 

City of Melbourne is committed to enabling positive outcomes and promoting self-determination for community by building shared knowledge, respect and understanding of Aboriginal culture. We provide Aboriginal community grants of up to $10,000 for community-led projects that promote community connection, cultural and social inclusion, access and participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.​ 

More information: 

Indigenous Business Australia – Social Enterprise Grant 

We want to partner with like-minded social enterprises that are First Nations female led, and deliver, or are ready to deliver, programs and initiatives that support the economic security and participation of First Nations women. 

More information: 

Blog post image shared with the consent of Hymba Yumba Independent School.