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.

2021 grant submissions are now closed.

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.

Apply online

Step 1.Review our guidelines

Familiarise yourself with our grant guidelines(PDF, 509KB) 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 are now closed.

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