Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, learning and leaders


Released 02/09/2020

The ACT Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants Program 2020-21 supports study, encourages future leaders and aims to keep culture and heritage strong in the Canberra community.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Rachel Stephen-Smith said a total of $200,000 is available to encourage and support cultural learning, study and leadership training.

"The ACT Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander grants program support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to strengthen their cultural heritage, participate in lifelong learning and to support current and emerging community leaders.

“We have also seen many community groups and local organisations participate by hosting events and workshops that aim to increase an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants Program is complemented by the New and Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations (NEO) Support program.

The NEO support program provides direct financial assistance to culturally appropriate services for the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. One-off funding of up to $25,000 is available to eligible organisations.

“This program supports community organisations to develop culturally appropriate support services, implement good governance and build further on the trusting partnerships they have with the community,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants Program and New and Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations Support program support several focus areas under the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028.

Quote attributable to cultural grant recipient, Ali Sewter, Forrest Primary P&C:

“The Cultural Grant has supported our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families. Our Mural Project created opportunities for authentic engagement, collaboration and the recognition of Indigenous culture. The feedback from our school community has been overwhelmingly positive and has promoted cultural diversity, social harmony and pride. The mural is a symbol of our sense of belonging and respect for Indigenous culture.”

For more details: www.communityservices.act.gov.au/home/grants

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