Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants Program

Date/Deadline: 15 Feb, 2021

The ACT Government is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020-21 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants Program (the Grants Program).

The Grants Program aligns with several Focus Areas under the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028 (the Agreement). The Agreement is a framework which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to exercise self-determination and have the ability and resources to provide their own solutions, acknowledging that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership is central to the process of ensuring the long-term emotional and physical wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Grants Program can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community that have been impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Individuals and community organisations who propose to undertake activities which support community wellbeing and connection to culture as we enter the recovery period are encouraged to apply.

The Grants Program consists of three (3) components which are:

Cultural: aim to support the Agreement Core Focus Area of Cultural Integrity, to continue to build a society that supports the aspirations of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and contributes to the building of respectful, fair and sustainable communities.
Leadership: aim to support the Agreement Core Focus Area of Community Leadership, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a strong voice, are decision makers on issues that impact them and lead in the achievement of positive life outcomes.
Scholarship: aim to support the Agreement Significant Focus Area of Lifelong Learning, where respect is given to preserving the world’s oldest living cultures which enhances social inclusion and empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to fully engage in lifelong learning and positive generational experiences.

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