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$500,000 grant program to boost tourism in the Top End

Brendan Foster -

First Nations businesses in the Top End can get up to $100,000 in grants from the Northern Territory government to boost Aboriginal tourism in the region.

Round 6 of the Aboriginal Tourism Grant Program opened recently with $500,000 in funding up for grabs for First Nations businesses or organisations.

Funding between $30,000 and $100,000, which is part of the government's push to enhance the Aboriginal tourism sector, can be used to spruce up Indigenous businesses or for new infrastructure.

Last year, Alice Springs-based company Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation was given just over $93,000 to upgrade their Angkerle Atwatye Cultural Centre.

Northern Territory Tourism Minister Nicole Manison said the Top End was a premier destination for authentic Aboriginal tourism.

"We want to be the undeniable Australian leader in the Aboriginal tourism sector by 2030," she said.

"Our government is supporting the growth of the Territory's Aboriginal tourism sector through this grant program, which gives local businesses an opportunity to expand and diversify.

"By backing our Aboriginal tourism sector we are creating well-paying jobs in all regions of the Northern Territory and preserving and sharing important cultural experiences."

Since the grant program began, 45 Aboriginal tourism businesses have been given grants worth $1.74 million.

The funding is part of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Tourism Strategy 2020-2030 which aims to develop a sustainable Aboriginal tourism sector.

Applications open on 6 September 2023 and close on 4 October 2023 - To apply visit www.grantsnt.nt.gov.au.

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