Connecting to Country

The Connecting to Country program supports projects that enable Western Australian Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake on Country activities that foster the intergenerational transfer of  knowledge, preservation of culture and strengthening of communities.

A group of Warlayirti Artists walking on Country

The program intends to:

  • facilitate sharing of cultural knowledge and skills between generations, such as the preservation of language, stories and dance
  • recognise Aboriginal cultural leadership within the Aboriginal community and support leadership development in young people
  • contribute to stronger community mental health and wellbeing
  • strengthen, protect and maintain traditional ways of maintaining cultural knowledge.


Applications are open to Aboriginal individuals, groups or organisations in Western Australia; or those who work with Aboriginal people in community, and can demonstrate strong Aboriginal governance and leadership in their application*.

These may include:

  • Aboriginal organisations, including art, community, cultural, language, media, ranger**, youth and other community groups (such as men’s and women’s groups)
  • service providers delivering targeted services to Aboriginal people or communities, such as education and health providers
  • Local government authorities.

*Where a non-Aboriginal individual or organisation is the applicant or project lead, evidence of significant Aboriginal community involvement in the project, including consultations, planning, decision-making and management is essential.

**Organisations cannot apply for funding for projects that are core business or part of regular activity, or operations. For example, a ranger organisation cannot apply for funding for cultural site management.

Funding overview

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Funding closed

Who can apply

Amount available

  • Connecting to Country: Up to $25,000

Funding rounds

Round Open Draft review Close Project start/event dates Category

Successful applications


Page reviewed 16 May 2023