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Aboriginal Languages Community Investments Grants Program 2019/20 Round Now Open

Due to the ongoing bush fires that have impacted communities across NSW, Aboriginal Affairs NSW will be extending the application stage for the Community Investments Program. Applications will now close 5pm, 28 February 2020.

The Aboriginal Languages Community Investments Program 2019/20 aims to progress the functions of the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017 (NSW) by supporting the reawakening, growth, nurturing, promotion and awareness raising of Aboriginal languages in communities across NSW.

To support the Aboriginal Languages Trust to invest in local language revival efforts, Aboriginal Affairs NSW is investing in local Aboriginal community groups who have a community focus on delivering Aboriginal languages activities, building workforce capability and promoting the appreciation and use of Aboriginal Languages.

Consistent with the objectives of the Aboriginal Languages Community Investments Program, funding will be available for activities within the following categories:

Category Aims
  • Encourage the development of new or emerging language activities by providing Aboriginal groups and organisations with the initial investment to support and launch new activities that aim to lead to ongoing language activities.
  • Provide support to develop the capacity of Aboriginal groups and organisations who are doing language work on a small scale (that is, small groups and/or short term projects) so that they can grow their activities.
  • Grow projects or activities that have been in progress, are having positive outcomes and are seeking to expand.
  • Support projects to expand from schools to the broader community.
  • Develop the capacity of groups or organisations who have been involved in language activities and are ready to grow.
  • Build the strategic capacity of more established groups or organisations to continue language activities already in place.
  • Ensure existing activities continue in the longer term and expand into new communities or partnerships.

Below are some important documents to refer to about the Program:
Aboriginal Languages Community Investments Program Funding Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

1.Register Your Interest

To apply for funding, you must first register your interest by completing an online form at SmartyGrants.

Registrations will close 5pm (EST), 28 February 2020.

2.Submit Application

Once you have reviewed and considered all the relevant program information, you will need to submit an online application form which will include a Community Language Plan.

Applications will be accepted from 9am, 18 November 2019 and close 5pm, 28 February 2020.

If you are experiencing any technical issues while completing the online form, please contact SmartyGrants:

Email: service@smartygrants.com.au
Phone: (03) 9320 6888
Support Desk Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm AEST, Mon - Fri.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for the Aboriginal Languages Community Investments grants program 2019/20 have now concluded.

Note: If you are registering your interest after the information sessions have been completed, please contact Aboriginal Affairs to discuss the application process.


Please refer to the Aboriginal Languages Community Investments Program Funding Guidelines for further information including eligibility and selection criteria.

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