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Mowanjum Festival 2011 at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Photo by Matthew Scurfield.

Photo: Mowanjum Festival 2011 at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Photo by Matthew Scurfield.

The Connecting to Country grants program is now open, providing support to culture and arts projects and initiatives that renew links between community, Country and culture.  

Aboriginal people and organisations can apply for up to $25,000 for activities on-Country that encourage sharing of cultural knowledge and skills between generations, preservation of culture and strengthening of communities.

The Connecting to Country grants program forms part of the State Government’s Commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing, a comprehensive response to the Coroner’s Inquest and Learnings from the Message Stick report into Aboriginal youth suicide.

Projects previously funded by the program include Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation which used $25,000 funding for its project to support Elders and members to undertake six on-Country trips.

Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation received $24,940 to facilitate a camp on-Country with young people and Elders, exploring traditional and contemporary forms of art and weaving, and sharing knowledge in Yindjibarndi language.

Connecting to Country is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Applications are open until 26 August 2021.

Projects should display strong evidence of Aboriginal community design and support.

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Page reviewed 07 September 2021