Special Event Grant Funding Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

26 November 2021

Special Event Grant Funding Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

On 26 January 1972, four young men set up a beach umbrella on the lawns opposite Parliament House in Canberra.

Describing the umbrella as the Aboriginal Embassy, Michael Anderson, Billy Craigie, Bertie Williams and Tony Coorey were protesting the-then McMahon Government’s approach to Aboriginal Land Rights.

Support for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy continued to grow and it operated in several locations before it was permanently established those same lawns in 1992.

2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy establishment, a significant milestone in the Land Rights movement.

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) is pleased to inform the Land Rights Network that $2,000 in grant funding will be made available to each Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) in support of this milestone through one of the following:

  1. For travel costs associated with LALC delegate attendance at the 50th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy event in Canberra; or
  2. For costs associated with holding local celebrations to commemorate the 50-year struggle.

This will be made available to LALCs that submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to NSWALC which outlines how funds will be used.

LALCs will need to pay any costs up front and then invoice the NSWALC for the reimbursement, and provide copies of all original invoices that underpin the invoice to NSWALC. 

The deadline for your EOI to be sent is COB Friday 21 January 2022 to grants@alc.org.au.

Please refer to the email sent to your LALC, which includes the EOI template to be utilised.

Contact the Program Implementation Unit for further information if required, on (02) 9689 4444 from January 10, 2022, following the end-of-year closure.