Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Dr Chris Bourke says schools and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups are set to share $60,000 funding for special cultural projects and activities under a new ACT Government grant program.
The successful applicants could use the money for occasions ranging from Mabo Day to NAIDOC Week, as well as other activities that support or showcase culture and traditions.
"The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Small Grants Program will further enable schools and groups to raise awareness and understanding in the wider Canberra community," Dr Bourke said.
"The grants can be used for programs or activities that showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, particularly at or around the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre at Yarramundi Reach.
"They may help to mark significant annual cultural milestones or celebrations such as Sorry Day, Mabo Day, Reconciliation Week or NAIDOC Week.
"As part of criteria, groups or schools can also apply for funding to purchase costumes, equipment or cultural items that support cultural performances or presentations.
"The ACT Government is committed to providing opportunities for our city's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to share their unique and precious culture with the wider community."
Applications for the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Small Grants Program are open until May 4.
Successful applicants will receive the grants before the end of the financial year. To find out more, phone 6207 6199 or log onto www.dhcs.act.gov.au/atsia for guidelines or to download an application form.
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