Grants totalling $200,000 are on offer from the New South Wales government for NAIDOC Week events.
The NSW government has urged grassroots organisations wanting to hold local events celebrating the history, culture and accomplishments of Aboriginal people to apply.
The national theme for NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Our Languages Matter’ to highlight the importance of growing and sharing Aboriginal languages.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all in NSW to get together and celebrate the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the state’s communities.
The state has more than 35 Aboriginal languages, all of them endangered.
“This year NSW will become the first state in the nation to introduce legislation to recognise and protect Aboriginal languages, as well as establishing a Centre for Aboriginal Languages of NSW to support community-led revival efforts,” Mrs Mitchell said.
“I encourage local organisations right across the state to apply for grant funding to host events during this NAIDOC week that celebrate the important role Aboriginal people play in our communities.”
Grant applications close on Thursday, April 27. Not-for-profit community groups can apply via www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/naidoc-week-2017-grants.
NAIDOC, which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, is held nationally each year in the first full week of July. This year NAIDOC will run from July 2-9.