Reconciliation Day 2019 community grants now open

Released 04/02/2019

Community organisations, educational institutions and individuals are encouraged to apply for grants opening today to mark Reconciliation Day 2019 on Monday 27 May.

Reconciliation Day aims to foster understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture, to recognise our shared history, and build a better future together.

The ACT Government is again supporting community involvement in Reconciliation Day through these grants, following the success of the events supported in 2018.

“I am looking forward to a range of community organisations again being part of Reconciliation Day. I am pleased that the grants opening for applications today will assist more community groups to hold events and activities on and around this important day.

“We want to make Reconciliation Day a part of everyone’s story and future, and to do that we need to have a strong community focus,” Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Rachel Stephen-Smith said.

The Reconciliation Day Grants Program supports events with a focus on:

  • promoting understanding and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the wider community;
  • celebrating and raising the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the wider community;
  • promoting understanding of and, the impact on, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of past policies and historical events;
  • delivering opportunities for children, young people and elders to be involved and to have the ability to participate in community events that promote
  • reconciliation; and
  • developing seminars and/or panel discussions on the importance of Reconciliation for all Australians.

The ACT Reconciliation Day Council will oversee the program for Reconciliation Day and promote the importance of reconciliation across the community.

In addition to the $50,000 provided in this grants program, $150,000 will fund events on Reconciliation Day on 27 May 2019.

Last year, around 8,000 people took part in the inaugural Reconciliation in the Park event, which will be back in 2019.

If you or your organisation wants to contribute to the Reconciliation Day public holiday and help our community come together, you are encouraged to apply for a grant.

Applications are now open, and close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

Applications and more information is available at and

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