Applications are now open for the 2019 Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grant program with $250,000 available to protect and promote Aboriginal sites in Western Australia.
The program is part of the McGowan Government’s efforts to empower Aboriginal people to manage their unique heritage.
Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to $30,000 for ‘on-the-ground’ projects such as the remediation of burial sites, fence and signage installation, and graffiti removal.
Each project must be listed on the Register of Aboriginal Places and Objects or already lodged and awaiting assessment.
Projects funded in 2018 include the active management and sharing of knowledge for four sites in Thalanyji country by the Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation; signage for the Bardi and Jawi people culture lands (lore grounds); and the development of a phone app for Wilinggin Country to provide information to tourists and Kimberley residents about the culture of the Ngarinyin traditional custodians.
The Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grant program is administered by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. For more information or to apply, visit https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/preserving-aboriginal-sites-grants-program, phone (08) 6551 9747 or email HeritageGrants@dplh.wa.gov.au
As stated by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:
“The McGowan Government values the contribution that the Aboriginal community makes to managing Aboriginal heritage sites in Western Australia.
“Since 2014 more than $1.25 million has been made available through the Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grant program, which provides not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations with the opportunity to preserve and promote their heritage sites.
“I strongly encourage Aboriginal organisations to apply for a grant to ensure their history is protected and shared for future generations to enjoy.”