NAIDOC Local Grants Program

What is the NAIDOC Local Grants Program?

The NAIDOC Local Grants Program is a grant opportunity that provides funding to Indigenous and non Indigenous organisations to contribute to the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities across Australia. NAIDOC activities should align with the 2022 theme ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’.


The objectives of the program are to promote:

  • the expression, engagement and conservation of Indigenous Australians’ cultures
  • Indigenous Australians’ participation in the social and economic life of Australia through healing, and strengthening the capability, governance and leadership of Indigenous Australians, organisations and communities,
  • broader understanding and acceptance of the unique place of Indigenous Australians’ cultures in Australian society.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • contribute to the maintenance and strengthening of Indigenous Australians’ cultural expression and conservation, including recognition of Australia’s shared history and valuable Indigenous Australian heritage
  • support activities that increase the participation of Indigenous Australians in Australian society through healing and improved individual, community and organisational capability and leadership,
  • promote the unique place Indigenous Australians and their cultures have in Australian society.


The Indigenous Advancement Strategy has a budget total of $5.7 billion (GST exclusive) over 4 years from 2021–22 to 2024–25. For this NAIDOC Local Grants opportunity, a total of up to $1.4 million GST exclusive is available in 2021–22.

While there are no maximum or minimum amounts that can be applied for under this grant round, the majority of grants are expected to be for amounts of $200 to $1,000 GST exclusive, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.

Eligible Projects

The following list provides a sample of the types of activities that the Commonwealth has funded in previous years as a guide. This list is neither exhaustive nor mandatory. Applicants should use the Culture and Capability Program Outcomes (see Appendix A of the guidelines) to check the proposal is in scope.

Sample projects include:

  • arts based activities, including painting, dancing, crafts and storytelling
  • family fun days
  • cultural activities
  • 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.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for grant funding under the NAIDOC Local Grants opportunity you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Incorporated Association
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Local Government Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Person
  • Sole Trader
  • Statutory Entity
  • a school or correctional facility (note: State and Territory agencies and bodies may apply on behalf of a school or correctional facility, such as under NSW and WA funding arrangements for NAIDOC activities


Applications close 22 February 2022.

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