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.
Applications are now open and will close at 5pm, Monday 29 March 2021.
Lake Macquarie City Council is offering grants of up to $750 for events held within Lake Macquarie that recognise and celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021 and its theme, Heal Country!
This year’s NAIDOC Week will be held 4-11 July. This year’s theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. Country that is more than a place and inherent to our identity. Country that we speak about like a person, sustaining our lives in every aspect - spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.
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.
NAIDOC Week 2021 invites everyone to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage, and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For further information on the NAIDOC 2021 theme please visit naidoc.org.au