The Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants Program encourages all Queenslanders to participate in National Reconciliation Week and commemorate two significant milestones in our national history—the successful 1967 Referendum and the 1992 High Court Mabo decision.
National Reconciliation Week (27 May ̶ 3 June) is a national campaign that celebrates and builds on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islander peoples and non‑Indigenous Australians.
This program provides an opportunity for all Australians to come together to learn, share and develop a deeper understanding and broader acceptance of our shared national story.
Applications are now open for grants of up to $2500 (exclusive of GST) per event.
Local (Queensland-based) community events will need to meet the following criteria:
- increase awareness of Reconciliation Australia’s five dimensions of reconciliation including historical acceptance, unity, equality and equity, race relations and institutional integrity
- raise community awareness of National Reconciliation Week
- offer community members opportunities to learn, share, and grow, for example, through sharing stories about past events and showcasing local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, arts and cultural activities
- promote and facilitate respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Queensland community and Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- encourage community participation and engagement
- contribute to a statewide program of inclusive and innovative community events, initiatives and promotions
- promote social cohesion through building better relationships between Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Queenslanders, and
- encourage local community organisations to have and show respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.
Applications are now open to eligible organisations for grants of up to $2500 (exclusive of GST) per event to deliver a range of reconciliation events.
Applications close Friday 7 December 2018.
Further Details on the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) website.
About the author:
Des Crump is the Indigenous Languages Coordinator, Queensland Memory, State Library of Queensland.