Applications are now open for the annual Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grant program to protect and promote registered Aboriginal heritage sites in Western Australia.
Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to $30,000 for ‘on-the-ground’ projects such as remediation of burial sites, fence and signage installation, and promotion of cultural information.
Previous projects funded include fencing Aboriginal burial sites on Belele Station in the Murchison, installation of interpretive cultural signage in the Shark Bay UNESCO world heritage area, and permanent fencing and heat-resistant signage highlighting cultural significance of Boogooda in the Kimberley.
The Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grant program is part of the State Government’s commitment to supporting Aboriginal people in managing their unique heritage, including protecting registered Aboriginal places and objects.
Applications close on January 29, 2021, with successful projects expected to be announced in April 2021. For more information or to apply visit https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/preserving-aboriginal-sites-grants-program
As stated by Lands and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:
“The McGowan Government recognises the contribution that the Aboriginal community makes to managing Aboriginal heritage sites in Western Australia, and the value of that heritage to all of us.
“Since 2014 more than $1.25 million has been made available through the Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grant program, which provides not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations the opportunity to preserve and promote their heritage sites.
“I strongly encourage Aboriginal organisations to apply for a grant to help protect their history and ensure it is there for future generations to appreciate.
“Well-maintained Aboriginal heritage sites enrich all Australians.”