Land Councils eligible for NAIDOC grants

13 March, 2020

Local Aboriginal Land Councils are among the organisations eligible for NAIDOC grants of up to $3000 from the NSW Government.

Land Councils can apply for grants between $500 to $1,000, or up to $3,000 for more significant community events with a number of partners.

New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council Chairperson, Anne Dennis said she expected strong interest from Land Councils across the state, particularly considering the theme of this year’s NAIDOC: Always Was, Always Will Be.

“‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ really resonates with Land Councils as it is the unofficial motto of our Land Rights movement,” Cr Dennis said.

“It’s about the fact that we were here first and we have never given up our land or sovereignty.  That’s why it remains so important to Land Councils and our members.”

NAIDOC Week will be held between 5 and 12 July 2020. However, events being awarded grants can be held between 1 July 2020 and 30 November 2020. 

Applications need to be completed online at SmartyGrants and close at 5pm Friday 24 April 2020.

More information is available at the AANSW website. You should read this beforestarting an application. Land Councils can also contact their closest Aboriginal Affairs NSW office for more information.

A total of $200,000 is available for NAIDOC Grant funding from Aboriginal Affairs NSW in 2020.


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Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.