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Aboriginal Culture and Healing Bushfire Recovery Grants


Who can apply:
Individuals, businesses, not-for-profit groups
$1,000 - $500,000
The Aboriginal Culture and Healing Bushfire Recovery Grants are closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application.

About the grant program

The Aboriginal Culture and Healing Bushfire Recovery Grants support Aboriginal heritage priorities, promote culturally safe recovery initiatives, and invest in projects that deliver on Aboriginal culture and healing outcomes.

This will ensure significant and appropriate focus is given to the unique needs and attributes of Aboriginal individuals, families, communities, businesses and Traditional Owner groups. 

Funding available

In 2021–22, $4 million was dedicated to supporting the Aboriginal Culture and Healing Bushfire Recovery Grants program.  

Two streams of grants were offered to address the recovery needs for Aboriginal communities:

  1. Cultural Heritage Recovery 
  2. Aboriginal Community Support 

Funding Stream 1: Cultural Heritage Recovery ($1.3 million available) 

Grants of up to $500,000 are available to support immediate cultural heritage management needs across bushfire affected Country. 

Examples of projects that may be funded in this category are:  

  • country mapping 
  • protection works for Aboriginal cultural heritage  
  • training and capacity building for Traditional Owner organisations 
  • archaeological data collection and processing. 

Funding Stream 2: Aboriginal Community Support ($2.7 million available) 

Grants of up to $500,000 are available for projects that address the needs of Aboriginal communities throughout recovery, including: 

  • events to reconnect communities 
  • training and capacity building workshops 
  • activities to improve community resilience in future disasters 
  • community development activities. 

Successful recipients

Congratulations to the Aboriginal Culture and Healing Bushfire Recovery grant recipients who share in funding to strengthen Aboriginal communities’ resilience against natural disasters.

  • Black Duck Foods received funding to employ a team of local Aboriginal community members to provide targeted training in traditional fire practices and food and land management.
  • Taungurung Land and Waters Council Aboriginal Corporation received funding for the protection and management of the Mt Buffalo region, with a focus on areas impacted by the 2019–20 bushfires.
  • Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Cooperation received funding for training and skills development.
  • Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Pty Limited received funding to deliver culturally appropriate business support.
  • Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association received funding for health and wellbeing initiatives.
  • Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Inc received funding for community development training and employment opportunities.
  • Wayapa Wuurrk received funding to deliver community capacity building workshops.
  • Yoowinna Wurnalung Aboriginal Healing Service received funding for activities that support healing and resilience.
  • Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust and Lake Tyers community to deliver the Lake Tyers Emergency Relief Centre project.
  • Timeline

    24 November 2021 to 31 January 2022