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NAIDOC Grant Funding


This program aims to provide grant funding to Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations to contribute to the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities across Australia.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Theme for 2018 is ‘Because of her, we can!’ which aims to celebrate the important contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made and continue to make to the nation. In 2019, NAIDOC Week will be held 7-14 July.

While there are no set maximum or minimum funding amounts, the vast majority of grants in previous years have been for amounts between $200 and $5,000, with a small number of larger grants awarded for significant proposals.

A total funding pool of up to $1.4 million is available for 2019. Funding is allocated across the twelve PM&C regions based on ABS data of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population levels. Please refer to the Application Kit for more information on the allocation of funding.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous legal entities, includes (but not limited to):
- Not-for-profit organisations
- Corporate profit focused entities
- Schools, both government and non-government
- Individuals who meet legal entity requirements
- Other relevant non-government entities, including universities and vocational education providers

In general, Commonwealth and State and Territory agencies and bodies (including government business enterprises) are not eligible to apply for NAIDOC grant funding. However, schools and correctional facilities are eligible. Commonwealth and State and Territory agencies and bodies may apply on behalf of a school or correctional facility.

Community groups that may not be eligible to apply for funding are encouraged to consider partnering with an eligible organisation.

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria outlined in the IAS Grant Guidelines and documented in the relevant sections of the Application Form.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include:
- Arts based activities, including painting, dancing, crafts, storytelling
- Family fun days
- Elders’ activities
- Bush tucker and other community cooking activities
- NAIDOC themed sporting activities or competitions
- Activities that actively promote reconciliation
- Flag raising ceremonies with accompanying activities
- Activities that promote health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Cultural activities

The department encourages applications for the funding of services and activities tailored to local circumstances with the involvement of Indigenous communities. Wherever possible, NAIDOC grant funding proposals should seek to engage local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to assist in delivering the project.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to align their project with the annual NAIDOC theme.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Need
- Quality
- Efficiency
- Effectiveness

Please refer to the Application Kit for the complete list of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Retrospective funding for activities that have been completed
- Purchase of capital items
- Payment of salaries
- Activities that take place overseas
- Administration fees
- Gifts such as gift cards and certificates
- Conferences and meetings
- Infrastructure and support costs associated with ongoing activities
- Alcohol
- Capital expenditure for the purpose of assets

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
IAS Grant Guidelines 2018-03-05 Download
Application Kit 2019-01-24 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Opening Date 24 Jan 2019
Start By Date 11 Feb 2019
Closing Date 25 Feb 2019
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $200
Max.Funding $5,000
Total Funding Pool $1.4M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Arts : Events
Multicultural : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Program Administrator
National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC)
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Program Website Visit