Up to $400,000 is available from the ILA Program to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to revive and maintain languages, and to develop and present art.
Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) Program
The Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) Program is part of a suite of programs under the Australian Government’s commitment to Arts and Cultural Development. The Arts and Cultural Development objective is to support and promote participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture, including by supporting excellence in the arts, supporting indigenous arts, cultures and languages, and protecting Australia’s movable cultural heritage.
The outcome of the Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) Program is to support a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous languages and arts network that features strong participation and provides for economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Department will ensure that the Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) Program outcome is met by funding a diverse range of Indigenous language and arts projects that contribute towards at least one of the following Program objectives:
- preserve, revive and maintain Indigenous languages by:
- facilitating activities that capture and preserve Indigenous language
- promoting participation in Indigenous language teaching and learning
- developing Indigenous language resources, including utilising digital technology in an innovative and culturally sensitive manner
- develop, produce, present, exhibit or perform a diverse range of traditional and contemporary Indigenous arts
- support new and innovative forms of Indigenous expression through art
- support the transmission and development of Indigenous cultural heritage and knowledge through languages and arts projects.
Funding under the Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) Program is distributed annually through two grant opportunities:
Open Grant Grant Opportunity
It is anticipated that most language and arts projects would apply for funding in the range of $30,000-$150,000, depending on the length and scope of the project, and its complexity. Multiyear funding up to a maximum of two years may be considered if a strong case is put forward.
Funding is available on either a single-year or two-year basis with a funding limit of $100,000 per year and a maximum total project cost of $200,000 over two years.
Direct Offer Grant Opportunity
Participation in the direct offer process is by invitation only. If you receive an invitation, you will need to fill out and submit an Indigenous Languages and Arts – Direct Offer application form. A link to the application form will be included in your invitation.
It is anticipated that successful direct offer projects invited would apply for funding in the range of $150,000 to $400,000 per year. The level of funding available to support projects through direct offer grants is flexible to reflect demand, outcomes and priorities.
Funding is available on either a single-year or multi-year basis for up to a maximum of five years with a funding limit of $400,000 per year and a maximum total project cost of $2 million over five years.
The grant monies can only be used to fund activities for Indigenous languages and/or arts projects that align with Program objectives. These activities include:
- the engagement of consultants, specialists, experts or contractors (for example linguists, artist fees, art workers, curators, Indigenous language experts, Indigenous cultural experts),
- project administration (a maximum of 30 per cent of total grant monies) for items such as project management, report-writing, book-keeping, audits and financial management
- consultation on, as well as development, maintenance and storage of, language and/or arts resources and materials, including website(s), apps and hard-copy materials
- facilitation of access to language and/or arts resources and materials
- facilitation of language and/or arts workshops and/or community meetings
- domestic travel to meet with community and key stakeholders for the project
To be eligible for the Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) Program you must:
- be one of the following entity types:
- an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
- a company incorporated in Australia
- a company incorporated by guarantee
- an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
- an incorporated association
- a partnership
- a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
- an Australian local government body
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be registered for the purposes of GST if required by the Australian Tax Office
- have an account with an Australian financial institution
- have no outstanding reports, acquittals or serious breaches relating to any Australian Government funding – a serious breach is one that has resulted in, or warrants, termination of a grant agreement
- not be bankrupt or subject to insolvency proceedings (as relevant to the entity type).
In addition to the above requirements, to be eligible to apply for Program funding through the Direct Offer of funding process you must also:
- have received funding from the Arts portfolio Indigenous languages, arts and culture programs in the last five years
- have a demonstrated capacity to deliver quality Indigenous language or arts projects
- have a demonstrated history of good governance, good financial management over an extended period, effective business planning and high-quality performance against funding objectives
- be a separate legal entity, such as an incorporated association or a company
- have an Australian Business Number
- be registered for the Goods and Services Tax, if required by the Australian Tax Office
- have no overdue acquittals or serious breaches relating to any Australian Government funding. A serious breach is one that has resulted in, or warrants, the termination of a funding agreement.
Applications close 14 May 2018.