First Nations Cultural Heritage Grants

There is a total grant pool of $100,000.

Grant amount

Applicants may request the suitable amount of funding that is required for their project; funding requests cannot exceed the total grant budget available.

Who should apply?

Eligible applicants can apply for grants for projects that recognise, restore, protect and preserve Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The following is a list of ideas and examples that will be considered for funding. It is guide only and the list should not be considered exhaustive.

Tangible Cultural Heritage projects

  • Land Use projects that demonstrate the Cultural Narrative and/or significance of an area of Land.
  • Water Use projects including Traditional Aquacultural - fishing farming systems (rock pools), water-craft - transport – travel.
  • Ancestral Remains Repatriation Projects – bringing them home projects to rest the remains of Ancestors on Country as per the legislation.
  • Cultural Heritage Restoration Projects that demonstrate living Cultural practices, such as repatriation or restoration of tangible objects, such as axe heads, flints, water-crafts or dwellings and other projects of tangible Cultural Heritage significance.

Intangible Cultural Heritage projects

  • Languages and Knowledge Systems Projects - place naming projects – Language revival projects that demonstrate the Language connection to land and water
  • Ancestral and oral traditions – social practices – kinship systems
  • Environmental and Ecological systems – Fire Season Calendar, food production systems, Traditional healing and medicines
  • Living Cultural Practices and Customs – includes law/lore, birthing ceremony, possum skin ceremony, Traditional women’s and men’s ceremony as living Cultural rites and customs
  • Arts – includes dance, song, and artwork that strongly demonstrates living Cultural practices and customs

Other projects

  • Academic and/or Community Intangible Cultural Heritage restorative-based research projects, such as Language, and Traditional healing/medicines
  • Community Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage practices and customs restorative projects – such as, Traditional stone ceremony practices, possum skin ceremony, and Traditional canoe/watercraft making and ceremony in Language

Grant guidelines 

For further information, please contact the grants team on 03 5272 5560 or email [email protected].

Application process

This grant is currently closed.

Page last updated: Friday, 31 May 2024