NAIDOC Week events funding

Council’s NAIDOC Week Grant funding applications for 2024 have now closed.

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.

Council’s NAIDOC Week fund was established to increase community awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s achievements, culture and heritage. Successful applicants utilise funding to implement a cultural hands-on project or event in the Lake Macquarie LGA.

Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud NAIDOC Week 2024 will be held 7-14 July 2024.

The fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of Indigenous cultures, passed down through generations despite the challenges faced. It is a symbol of connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As we honour this flame, we kindle the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation.

"Blak, Loud and Proud" encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world. This theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality. It invites all Australians to listen, learn and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.

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Step 1.Review our guidelines

Familiarise yourself with our grant guidelines(PDF, 176KB)  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. 

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