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$250,000 on offer for NAIDOC Week community celebrations

The NSW Government is providing $250,000 to support local communities and organisations with celebrating NAIDOC Week from 7 to 14 July.

The Aboriginal Affairs 2024 NAIDOC Grants Program enables communities to hold activities that recognise and celebrate the histories, cultures, achievement and ongoing contributions of Aboriginal people.

Registered businesses, councils, local Aboriginal Land Councils and community groups are all encouraged to apply for funding to run an activity that directly relates to the 2024 NAIDOC Week Theme: 'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud.’ Grants awarded will range from $500 to $3000.

In 2023, this grant program supported 143 events across the state including Orana Early Childhood Intervention and Education in Dubbo to deliver Wiradjuri language sessions as part of their ‘Learning from Elders’ program, a community day in Armidale, a tree planting event at Murrin Bridge in western NSW and a surf competition at Maroubra.

Applications close on Friday 12 April 2024.

Find out more and apply for a grant

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty, David Harris said:

NAIDOC Week celebrates and recognises the proud history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“It provides an opportunity for every Australian to learn more about our First Nations peoples, who represent the oldest continuous cultures on earth.

“This year’s theme recognises the resilience and strength of Aboriginal people, communities and organisations in NSW.

“Aboriginal culture in NSW is something that we should all be proud of and celebrate together.

“I encourage organisations to apply for a grant to support NAIDOC Week 2024 celebrations in your community."

Latoya Brown, organiser of the NAIDOC Week Surf Competition delivered by Moringa Aquacultural Aboriginal Corporation and North Maroubra Surf Riders said:

“The grant process was easy and provided much needed support for the event to allow us to pay the dancers and provide cultural activities for the day for everyone to enjoy.

“It gave us the opportunity for the fifth year to put on a significant event that celebrated Aboriginal surfers, community members and Elders as part of the surfing community.

“It was a day of gathering, sharing and acknowledging those before us and everyone who attended.”

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