First Nations Cultural Heritage Grants

City of Greater Geelong

Relevent Country: Australia

Applications are now open for the First Nations Cultural Heritage Grants to protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, promote a greater appreciation and awareness of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in Geelong and improve the skills and expertise of heritage professionals.


The objectives of the grant are:

  • to protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in the greater Geelong area
  • to conserve and protect items of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage that are included on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register (VAHR)
  • to improve knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage particularly as it relates to Traditional Owners as protectors of their Cultural Heritage
  • to increase understanding, respect and celebration of and cultural participation in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage; and
  • to support connection to Country and self-determination

Funding Information

  • There is a total grant pool of $100,000 with no limit on individual grant amounts.

Eligibility Projects

Tangible Cultural Heritage projects

  • Land Use projects that demonstrate the Cultural Narrative and/or significance of an area of Land.
  • Water Use projects including Traditional Aquacultural – fishing farming systems (rock pools), water-craft – transport – travel.
  • Ancestral Remains Repatriation Projects – bringing them home projects to rest the remains of Ancestors on Country as per the legislation.
  • Cultural Heritage Restoration Projects that demonstrate living Cultural practices, such as repatriation or restoration of tangible objects, such as axe heads, flints, water-crafts or dwellings and other projects of tangible Cultural Heritage significance.

Intangible Cultural Heritage projects

  • Languages and Knowledge Systems Projects – place naming projects – Language revival projects that demonstrate the Language connection to land and water
  • Ancestral and oral traditions – social practices – kinship systems
  • Environmental and Ecological systems – Fire Season Calendar, food production systems, Traditional healing and medicines
  • Living Cultural Practices and Customs – includes law/lore, birthing ceremony, possum skin ceremony, Traditional women’s and men’s ceremony as living Cultural rites and customs
  • Arts – includes dance, song, and artwork that strongly demonstrates living Cultural practices and customs

Other projects

  • Academic and/or Community Intangible Cultural Heritage restorative-based research projects, such as Language, and Traditional healing/medicines
  • Community Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage practices and customs restorative projects – such as, Traditional stone ceremony practices, possum skin ceremony, and Traditional canoe/watercraft making and ceremony in Language

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants can apply for grants for projects that recognise, restore, protect and preserve Aboriginal cultural heritage.
  • The following is a list of ideas and examples that will be considered for funding. It is guide only and the list should not be considered exhaustive.
  • The City’s grants are primarily offered to not-for-profit community organisations with some exceptions to suit the objectives of individual grants.
  • All applicants must possess an Australian Business Number (ABN) or provide a Statement by a Supplier Form available from the ATO website.
  • Not-for-profit, incorporated bodies, co-operatives or associations.
  • Registered charitable organisations – refer to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
  • Unincorporated bodies with an auspice.
  • Profit-making organisations, commercial entities, businesses.
  • Schools and Learning institutions – only for activities that are not curriculum based and the primary benefit is for the wider community.