NSWALC Community Fund

NSWALC 2021/22 FY Community Fund Grants - NOW OPEN

The 2009 amendments to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 introduced the Community Development Levy to "evenly spread the wealth from land councils with more valuable land holdings to those councils with less valuable land and development opportunities".

This mechanism levies certain LALC land dealings and, with matching contributions from NSWALC, generates funds in the NSWALC Community Fund (NCF). Monies from the NCF are to be made available "on the basis of need so as to increase resources and assets available for less advantaged Local Aboriginal Land Councils".

Following a consultation process with the Land Rights Network, the Council developed the [NCF Policy], which sets out what grants from Fund can be used for, how LALC eligibility is determined, and on what basis grant applications will be assessed.

In 2019 NSWALC undertook an in-depth review of the Policy and further consulted with the Land Rights Network on proposed amendments to broaden the scope of eligible activities which were approved by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in March 2020. Council further approved a suite of amendments to the NCF Procedures to improve the administration of the program, increase the funding available for projects and tailor the program administration to meet the needs of LALC projects.

Eligible LALCs can now apply for a grant of up to $150,000 (ex GST) for the following purposes;

  • Land acquisition, where all other avenues for funding have been exhausted; and
  • Land management, in relation to land in which the LALC has a legal interest.
  • Projects which demonstrate clear community outcomes which are consistent with the ‘Functions of Local Aboriginal Land Councils’ under the ALRA.

Only less advantaged LALCs are eligible for to seek a grant from the Fund. For purposes of the NCF Policy, 'less advantaged' defined as having net land assets (not including jointly managed National Parks or former missions and reserves) worth less than the Local Aboriginal Land Council network average. NSWALC consulted with the LALCs on their proposed Eligibility in May 2020, prior to the opening of the NCF Grants Round. LALC Eligibility has now been finalised.

How to apply

Applications for a grant from the Fund is in two stages as follows;

Stage 1 – Expression of Interest (EOI)

Eligible LALCs will now complete an EOI, available for download here and can be submitted to grants@alc.org.au at any time during the 2020/22 Financial Year.

Before commencing your application, please ensure you have read the following documents;

Stage 2 - Project Proposal Development

Following the submission of an EOI, Program Implementation Unit staff will be in contact to provide support in the development of your Project Proposal.

More information

If you have any questions, please contact the NSWALC Program Implementation Unit on (02) 9689 4444 or email grants@alc.org.au.

Approved Grants


Approved Grants for the 2018 Round

  • Moama:  Office Renovations
  • Guyra:  Upgrade Guyra LALC office to meet safety standards
  • Cobar:  Acquisition of two vacant residential allotments
  • Tamworth:  Refurbishment of accommodation facilities at Trelawney
  • Merrimans:  Merrimans young persons Caring for Country Volunteers Project
  • Walhallow:  Walhallow local community grounds and surrounds continued maintenance and beautification and helping community during funerals
  • Jana Ngalee:  Alice Land Management - Cropping
  • Coonamble:  Coonamble LALC office renovations
  • Nyngan:  Titanic Drive Rehabilitation
  • Grafton-Ngerrie:  Upgrade to Grafton LALC office
  • Walgett:  Upgrade Community Hubs on Gingie and Namoi Reserves
  • Ngambri:  Mirabee River Cultural Camp Upgrade and scope of works for land management
  • Mutawintji:  Completion of Indigenous Land Corporation Renovation Project
  • Young:  Disabled access and professional filing space
  • Tibooburra:  Additional ablution block at TLALC historic reserve camp ground
  • Dareton:  Community Hub Namatjira Reserve
  • Glenn Innes:  Purchase of All Terrain (UTV) Vehicle, tractor mower, two portable shower units & water tanks
  • Wilcannia:  Community Caring for Country Hub

Approved Grants for the 2017 Round

  • Weilmoringle:  Renovations to Weilmoringle LALC Office
  • Murrawarri:  Native Bushfood Production Project
  • West Wyalong:  Bunbinya Balugirbang (Rest Ancestors)
  • Mutawintji:  Place basic infrastructure on land in preparation for future development plans
  • Brewarrina:  Old Brewarrina Mission Restoration Project
  • Cummeragunja:  Cummeragunja Community Hall: Stage 2
  • Young:  Male & Female Toilets and Office Facelift
  • Moombahlene:  Gunimaa Bush Tucker Nursery
  • Nungaroo:  New Office Works and Meeting Place for Elders
  • Anaiwan:  Tingha Town Hall Refurbishment
  • Balranald:  Extension and restoration of the historic Balranald Aboriginal Cemetery
  • Broken Hill:  Broken Hill LALC Office Infrastructure Upgrade
  • Goodooga:  Erect Safety Fencing and demolish three LALC-owned buildings under Brewarrina Shire Council orders
  • Ashford:  The Ashford Global Cottage
  • Birpai:  Christmas Bells Plains: Clean-up and Weed Eradication
  • Bunyah Bunyah:  LALC Camden Haven Land Management Hub Development
  • Narrandera:  Children's Access Centre
  • Glen Innes:  Upgrade Culture Camp Accommodation and Amenities

Approved Grants for the 2016 Round

  • Armidale LALC:  Ancillary work for the Mt Yarrowyck Nature Reserve Schedule 14 negotiations
  • Bathurst LALC:  Bathurst LALC office infrastructure upgrade
  • Birrigan Gargle LALC:  Beautification and restoration of Pippi Beach community
  • Brungle Tumut LALC:  Purchase equipment for land management
  • Collarenebri LALC:  Construction of a toilet facility at the Collarenebri Aboriginal Burial Ground for local families and visitors
  • Coonabarabran LALC:  Boundary fencing at Burra Bee Dee Mission and Happy Valley Fringe Camp
  • Cummeragunja LALC:  Cummeragunja Community Hall
  • Dorrigo LALC:  Restoration of North Dorrigo Hall and land maintenance
  • Griffith LALC:  Old Griffith Police Station upgrade project
  • Hay LALC:  Hay LALC community space upgrade
  • Menindee LALC:  Menindee LALC office infrastructure upgrade
  • Moree LALC:  Preserving Aboriginal cultural heritage and environmental values through land management
  • Murrin Bridge LALC:  Barooga Karrai kickstart
  • Ngulingah LALC:  Cubbawee infrastructure project
  • Tibooburra LALC:  Tibooburra LALC Museum and Keeping Place expansion
  • Trangie LALC:  Trangie LALC vacant land management project
  • Warren Macquarie LALC:  Linking the Beemunnel Aboriginal Reserve, Tiger Bay Wetlands and the Window on the Wetlands Centre
  • West Wyalong LALC:  Aboriginal Artefacts Museum
  • Wilcannia LALC:  Wilcannia LALC Community Centre
  • Yaegl LALC:  Ulugundahi Island restoration project
  • Young LALC:  Young LALC refurbishment and renovations

Approved Grants for the 2015 Round

  • Amaroo LALC:  Land management at Summervale Reserve
  • Anaiwan LALC:  Reconnect to country: Old Bottom
  • Baradine LALC:  Calooma Station Restoration Project
  • Bega LALC:  Managing our lands: Access control
  • Biraban LALC:  Biraban Aboriginal-owned lands access diversion project
  • Broken Hill LALC:  BHLALC office infrastructure upgrade
  • Dareton LALC:  Namatjira Reserve land management program
  • Jubullum LALC:  Jubullum Village roads project
  • Orange LALC:  Balandha - Shadforth community access project
  • Trangie LALC:  Trangie cultural centre for education, history and heritage
  • Wagonga LALC:  Paradise Point: Sharing our culture and heritage, Stage 2
  • Weilwan LALC:  Cultural gathering space and Gulargambone Old Reserve land management
  • Wellington LALC:  Purchase of Nanima Primary School to establish 'Nanima Education and Wellbeing Centre' and remove asbestos.