What is the Indigenous Languages and Arts Program?

The Indigenous Languages and Arts Program grant opportunity is a part of the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program that supports participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression.

 

Background

The Indigenous Languages and Arts Program commenced in 2015-16 and invests around $20 million per annum to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through Indigenous languages and arts activities. The ILA program includes operational funding support to a network of 21 Indigenous Language Centres around the country working on capturing, preserving and maintaining over 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The ILA program also supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop, produce, present, exhibit or perform Indigenous arts projects that showcase Australia’s traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultural and artistic expressions.

Grant funding allocated through the ILA program supports the following three key outcomes:

  • the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to preserve and teach their culture through languages and arts
  • a strong sense of cultural identity and wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which contributes to sustainable and strong communities
  • celebration and increased recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and arts in the wider Australian community

 

Objectives

The department will ensure that the ILA program outcomes are met by funding a diverse range of community-led Indigenous languages and arts activities that contribute towards one or more of the following ILA program objectives:

  • Preserve, revive and maintain Indigenous languages by:
    • facilitating activities that capture and preserve Indigenous languages
    • promoting participation in Indigenous language teaching and learning, including support for languages projects with a specific focus on supporting the career development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to teach, preserve and revive Indigenous languages
    • developing Indigenous language resources, including utilising digital technology in an innovative and culturally sensitive manner
    • delivering Indigenous-led language projects, or projects that are co-designed between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations.
  • 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

Funding under the Program is distributed annually through the following two categories of grant opportunity:

  • Open competitive – an annual grant opportunity open to all eligible organisations wishing to submit applications for Indigenous languages and arts activities
  • Restricted competitive – a restricted grant opportunity for eligible organisations and is by invitation only from the ILA program

The Australian Government provides around $20 million per annum for the ILA program.

Applications for grant funding must fall within one of the following parameters:

  • a project period for up to 12 months and up to a maximum of $100,000 per project. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $20,000$80,000 depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity
  • a project period for up to 24 months and up to a maximum of $200,000 per project. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $80,000$150,000 depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity

 

Eligible Projects

The department will determine your eligibility for ILA program funding. In the event that we determine part of your application comprises one or more ineligible activities, we may assess your application based only on the eligible components. In this instance, you may be offered partial funding for your project.

The grant monies can only be used to fund activities for Indigenous languages and/or arts projects that align with the ILA program objectives, including activities such as:

  • 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

 

Eligible Applicants

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 portfoli