NAIDOC Week events funding

Council's annual NAIDOC Week grants enable not-for-profit organisations and schools to apply for funds to hold culturally significant projects or events in celebration of NAIDOC Week. Grant submissions for 2022 closed March 25.

This year’s NAIDOC Week will be held 3-10 July. This year’s theme is Get up! Stand up! Show up!

We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around our mob, our Elders, our communities.

Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism - we must do it together.

It must be a genuine commitment by all of us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.

Council’s NAIDOC Week fund was established to increase community awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s achievements, culture and heritage, by offering financial assistance to hold culturally significant hands project or an activity in the Lake Macquarie LGA.

If successful, funding must be utilised to implement a cultural hands on project/event adhering to COVID-19 regulations.

Apply online

Step 1.Review our guidelines

Familiarise yourself with our grant guidelines(PDF, 254KB)  to ensure your application has the best chance of success.

Step 2.Apply

Council uses SmartyGrants to manage its grants program. Applications must be submitted via the Lake Macquarie City Council SmartyGrants webpage. Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and no late applications will be accepted. Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! with us to amplify our voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.

For further information on the NAIDOC 2022 theme please visit