Reef Guardian Sea Country Grants

Up to $10,000 is available from Reef Guardian Sea Country Grants to keep Indigenous heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park strong, safe and healthy.


Reef Guardian Sea Country Grants

The Reef Guardian Sea Country Grants funds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and sea management organisations to support Traditional Owners to deliver small sea country and heritage management projects.



The objectives of the grant opportunity are to support initiatives that keep Indigenous heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (including environmental, tangible and intangible heritage) strong, safe and healthy, This may include projects to:

  • provide resources and experiences that build Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage knowledge about the Reef, including through identification, mapping, intergenerational sharing and promotion
  • recognise and foster leadership in Sea Country management, including skills and leadership development
  • encourage and support action to provide on-ground sea country conservation and protection, and to influence others to do so too
  • build networks and facilitate partnerships to build more effective and efficient stewardship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage values.



The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has allocated up to $200,000 per year until June 2021 for the Reef Guardian Grants Program.

For the Reef Guardian Sea Country grants, $100,000 per year is allocated until 2021.

  • The minimum grant amount is $1,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $10,000.

The maximum grant period is one year. If the grant activity is an ongoing project an acquittal report will be required by the end of the first year.


Eligible Projects

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • Activities that build and promote Indigenous heritage knowledge, including
    • on-country trips and workshops to identify and map cultural information
    • projects to collate and safely store information
    • on-country camps and trips to pass information between generations
  • Activities which develop leadership and capacity in sea country management, including
    • sea country planning
    • exchanges with other Traditional Owner groups
    • courses and training, such as in project management and technical skills
    • professional development such as attendance at conferences
  • Activities which provide on-ground sea country action, including
    • Indigenous heritage rehabilitation and maintenance
    • Indigenous heritage monitoring activities
    • signage and fencing
  • Activities which build networks and facilitate partnerships, including
    • establishment of committees and working groups to develop and implement sea country management arrangements
    • educational activities and raising community awareness
    • community engagement activities

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • travel and transport costs to the project or event site
  • business catering (however no alcohol is to be provided)
  • fee for services arrangements for experts or consultants
  • advertising, marketing and promotion (including printing costs)
  • personal protective equipment such as sun shirts, uniforms, water bottles, sunscreen or hats
  • signage for the project or event site
  • hire of project staff or equipment or venue
  • purchase of small consumables (under $500 and excluding computers and electronics) including reference and historical literature
  • Reef focused community events equipment hire (e.g. marquees, audio systems, catering and sanitation facilities and chairs/tables).


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • undertake the project in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and/or its catchment

and be one of the following entity types:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act 1981, Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006, Corporations Act 2001 or other legislation
  • Aboriginal shire councils that are applying on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, or a group representing these bodies
  • incorporated organisations applying on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups that are able to demonstrate they have the authority of, and will work in partnership with, the Traditional Owners for areas on which they intend to undertake activities with the grant funds.



Applications close 27 November 2019.


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