The 2023 ACT Reconciliation Day Grants Program directly aligns with the Core Focus Area of Cultural Integrity from the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028 which aims to support a society that fosters the aspirations of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and contributes to the building of respectful, fair and sustainable communities.
Reconciliation is about building relationships, respect and trust between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Reconciliation is not just about one day each year – rather it is a movement about addressing cultural change, attitudes, and beliefs to raise their community’s understanding of their shared history.
The inaugural ACT Reconciliation Day initiative: Reconciliation in the Park was held on Monday 28 May 2018, at Glebe Park in the City.
Since this time, the ACT Government has continued to support their community conversation about Reconciliation at events across the Canberra Region.
This Program provides funding to support individuals and organisations to hold meaningful initiatives in the lead-up to, during, or in support of the Reconciliation Day Public Holiday on 29 May 2023.
Priority will be given to individuals and organisations that can demonstrate incorporation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities into their organisational structures (designated board membership, staff and senior management positions, advisory services). The incorporation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is to assist the individual or organisation to work in a culturally appropriate manner and in recognition of the need for including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in service design and delivery.
The Program for 2023 is limited to individuals and not-for-profit organisations. Education institutions and for-profit organisations are not eligible to apply for the 2023 ACT Reconciliation Day Grants. Individual students and student or parent-led organisations that meet the eligibility criteria may apply to undertake activities at an education institution.
The 2023 ACT Reconciliation Day Grants Program (the Program) aims to support community organised events, which are held by individuals or organisations, with a strong focus on Reconciliation, specifically: