Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has encouraged more local groups to get involved in celebrating Australia’s Aboriginal culture, by taking advantage of $200,000 in funding grants for NAIDOC Week 2016.
NAIDOC is a weeklong celebration of the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia.
Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government is offering grants to support local organisations running NAIDOC Week events this July.
“I know we have a number of active local Aboriginal groups in Penrith and I encourage them to consider applying for a grant,” said Stuart Ayres.
“Grants of up to $1,000 are available, with up to $3,000 considered for more significant events,” said Stuart Ayres.
In 2016, NAIDOC Week will run from 3 to 10 July under the theme of ‘Songlines: The living narrative of our nation’.
To be successful, grant applicants will need to demonstrate how their event supports promotion of Aboriginal history, culture and achievements.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said the NSW Government is proud to be supporting NAIDOC Week.
“It’s a great opportunity for groups such as Aboriginal land councils, local councils, neighbourhood centres or sporting clubs to get a little extra assistance for their local events,” said Mrs Williams.
“This year the NSW Government is making $200,000 in funding available – an increase of $75,000 compared to last year, so we can support even more great events right across our State.”
For more information on the NSW Government funding grants and to apply, please visit www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au. Federal and NSW Government entities are not eligible to apply.