Eurobodalla’s not for profit organisations and community groups can apply now for grants to run 2017 NAIDOC Week events.
Eurobodalla Council has grants up to $500 available for activities that will promote partnership with the Aboriginal community or an Aboriginal organisation and encourage wider community participation in NAIDOC Week.
The National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week runs from 2-9 July this year and provides a special opportunity for Aboriginal people to promote their history and culture.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2017 - ‘Our Languages Matter’ - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Mayor Liz Innes says Council is looking for activities that will provide opportunities to learn about and celebrate the languages, stories and songs of the Walbanga and Djiringani people of the Yuin Nation during NAIDOC Week.
“Past NAIDOC Week activities supported by Council have included storytelling, games, sporting events, Aboriginal bush tucker gardens and NAIDOC-themed competitions, and art and craft activities,” said Clr Innes. “If your group has a similar activity or a new idea for NAIDOC Week then I encourage you to apply for these grants now.”
Applications close on Friday 12 May 2017 at 4pm. For information about eligibility and a copy of the application form, visitwww.esc.nsw.gov.au and search NAIDOC. Media Release
Above: Grants are now open for local organisations to run activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2017. Eurobodalla Elder Tom Slockee performed a smoking ceremony at last year's NAIDOC flag raising in Moruya