2021 NAIDOC Grants
CLOSING SOON - 5pm, Friday 23 April 2021
NAIDOC Grant funding is provided by Aboriginal Affairs NSW to support activities and events in NSW held during NAIDOC
Week (4 – 11 July 2021)
that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.
The theme for NAIDOC Week in 2021 is Heal
Events and activities must be held between 4 July 2021 and 30 November 2021.
When can I apply for funding?
Applications open Monday 15 February 2021.
Applications close 5pm Friday 23 April 2021.
Late applications will not be accepted.
How much can I apply for?
Applicants can apply for grants from $500 to $3,000.
Aboriginal Affairs NSW has allocated $260,000 for NAIDOC Grant funding in 2021.
Who can apply?
Aboriginal Affairs NSW NAIDOC Grants, where possible, are distributed to Aboriginal run and controlled organisations.
Eligible applicants are:
incorporated not-for-profit organisations registered with NSW Fair Trading under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW)
- Aboriginal Corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)
- not-for-profit companies incorporated in Australia under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
- Local Aboriginal Land Councils established under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)
- NSW Local Council operating under the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW)
- Incorporated Cooperatives (incorporated under state/territory legislation, and commonly have ’Cooperative' in their legal name)
- incorporated trustees on behalf of a trust, including Catholic School trusts
- unincorporated groups who have entered into an agreement with an eligible organisation to receive and manage the funding.
- be located in NSW and/or delivering a service to communities within NSW
- have public liability of at least $20 million per claim.
Applicants not eligible for funding are:
Federal and State Government agencies and bodies, including public schools, hospitals and correctional centres (however, can partner with an
- NSW Public Schools (however, can partner with an eligible organisation)
- for-profit organisations, including Aboriginal businesses
- unincorporated organisations or groups without an eligible auspicing organisation
organisations that have not met project requirements, including acquittal and reporting for NAIDOC Grant funding received from Aboriginal
Affairs NSW in the previous two years.
NSW Public Schools
NSW Public Schools cannot apply for NAIDOC Grants. NSW Public Schools who want to apply for a NAIDOC Grant should approach an eligible
organisation to partner with, such as an incorporated P&C, incorporated local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) or Local
Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) who can be the applicant.
If an unincorporated group wishes to apply for a NAIDOC Grant, they will need to partner with an eligible organisation to receive and
administer the funding. The eligible organisation must apply on behalf of the unincorporated group.
For further information including what can be funded and selection criteria, download the 2021
NAIDOC Grants Funding Guidelines.
Applications must be completed online at SmartyGrants.
Please take care to thoroughly read through the program Guidelines
some criteria have changed since our previous round.
Support and contacts
We have a range of resources (FAQ's
and Step by Step
to assist you with your application.
If you have any questions regarding the Aboriginal Affairs NSW NAIDOC Grants, please email to team at email@example.com
or contact your nearest Aboriginal Affairs NSW regional office on the phone numbers below.
Batemans Bay 02 4478 2659
Tamworth 02 5778 1804
Coffs Harbour 02 5646 5101
Broken Hill 08 8088 0003
Bourke 08 8088 0003
Dubbo 02 6887 4402
Newcastle 02 4924 7007
Sydney 02 8362 6673
To find out more about how we have supported Aboriginal communities through previous grant round fundings, check out our case