Apply for a grant to preserve, promote and protect Aboriginal sites

The 2022-23 program offers financial support to Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations to undertake projects that preserve, promote and protect registered Aboriginal sites.

The 2022-23 is now closed for applications. 

Successful projects are expected to be announced by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in March 2023. 

The Department of Planning, Land and Heritage will contact successful applicants following the announcement. 

To stay updated, you can subscribe to the mailing list by contacting the Senior Projects Officer, on (08) 6551 7942 or by email HeritageGrants@dplh.wa.gov.au.

About the program

Amounts of up to $40,000 exclusive of GST are available for incorporated not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations that manage sites listed on the Register of Aboriginal Places and Objects.

Previously funded projects include:

  • The remediation of Registered Aboriginal burial sites, including memorials plinths and reflection places
  • Development and installation of interpretive and truth-telling signage,
  • Fencing, including repair and installation
  • Removal of invasive weeds, rubbish and graffiti
  • Digital promotion of cultural information for existing registered sites to a broader audience.
  • Cultural Heritage Management plans detailing cultural revitalisation, on-ground restoration, and long-term protection management of Registered Aboriginal Sites 
  • Construction of meeting places and improved site accessibility at Registered Aboriginal Sites 
  • Employment and training opportunities to Aboriginal people in delivering on-the ground project work such as site Clean-up and Remediation
  • Historical research to identify and repatriate historical images and information connected to an existing registered aboriginal site.

Previous recipients

2021-22 Preserve, Promote and Protect our Aboriginal sites grant recipients

Albany Heritage Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation (Great Southern - Albany)

Albany Town Square + Mokare Burial Site Storytelling and Interpretation

Grant amount

$29,000

Project summary 

Re-creation of Dale’s panoramic painting in the Town Hall Square which includes traditional and contemporary Menang Noongar descriptions. A significant project which can be delivered in partnership with the City of Albany. (ID 21761 Albany Town Square).

Hotham River Aboriginal Corporation (Peel - Boddington)

Dilyan Burial Location Investigation

Grant amount

$23,782.88

Project summary 

Use of GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) to confirm the location of Dilyan’s gravesite near Boddington (ID 4298 Dilyan’s Grave). 

Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation (Pilbara)

Wuyumarri (Gregory Gorge) Cultural Management Project

Grant amount

$30,000

Project summary 

Assessment and implementation of interpretive signage and fencing for a number of sites with accompanying Management Plan (numerous sites). 

Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (Kimberley)

Memorials for the Fitzroy Crossing Cemeteries

Grant amount

$23,000

Project summary 

Construction of plinth memorials to honour the old people who were relocated from Pioneer Cemetery to the newly Gazetted Cemetery (ID 12438 Pioneer Cemetery 1 and 2). 

Marribank Aboriginal Corporation (Great Southern - Katanning)

Marribank Mission Complex Restoration

Grant amount

$28,213.01

Project summary 

Installation of CCTV cameras adjacent to access roads as a preventative measure against intruders (ID 4664 Marribank Settlement). 

Ngarluma Yindibarndi Foundation Ltd (Pilbara)

Bajinhurrba Promotion and Protection of Aboriginal Heritage Sites

Grant amount

$24,898.50

Project summary 

Proposed interpretive signage which recognises the Aboriginal significance of Cossack, paving of access ways and restoration of rock hides (Aboriginal site ID 925 Mt Dune Beach, ID 11536 Cossack Slaughter Yard). 

Ngardarrep Kiitj Aboriginal Corporation (Wheatbelt - Kellerberrin)

Old Jiriny Mission Project

Grant amount

$30,000

Project summary 

Site clean-up and fencing of mission site with traditional, historical and contemporary significance to the local community in the Wheatbelt region (ID 5070 Old Jiriny Mission). 

Ngarluma Yindibarndi Foundation Ltd (Pilbara)

Bajinhurrba Promotion and Protection of Aboriginal Heritage Sites

Grant amount

$24,898.50

Project summary 

Proposed interpretive signage which recognises the Aboriginal significance of Cossack, paving of access ways and restoration of rock hides (Aboriginal site ID 925 Mt Dune Beach, ID 11536 Cossack Slaughter Yard). 

Ngarluma Yindibarndi Foundation Ltd (Pilbara)

Promotion and Protection Works – Cossack Lazarre

Grant amount

$12,700.00

Project summary 

Vegetation control and signage to inform 4WD users and the general public to avoid Lazarrette foundations (ID 7083 Harding Mouth Camp, ID 941 Leprosarium Midden). 

Project eligibility

Grant applications will only be accepted for projects associated with heritage places that are Registered Sites on the Register of Places and Objects (the Register) at the time of applying. You can check which places are on the Register using the Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System

Eligibility requirements and ineligible activities are outlined in the Guidelines for Applicants
 

How to nominate a site that is not currently on the Register of Places and Objects?

 A place which you consider to be an Aboriginal site that is not currently a Registered Site on the Register of Places and Objects will be required to be assessed and added to the Register before you can submit an application to the grants program. If the heritage place becomes registered, you can apply for funding through the ‘Preserve, Promote and Protect our Aboriginal Sites’ grants program (the Program) in future years. 

If you would like to submit an application for this program for an Aboriginal site that is not currently on the Register, please contact the Senior Projects Officer on (08) 6551 7942.

Who can apply?

Only incorporated Aboriginal not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply. Individuals and government agencies (Local, State and Federal) are not eligible for grant funding through this program; however, joint submissions with other organisations may be made.

If a joint application is made, the eligible Aboriginal organisation must be listed as the applicant, with the other organisation(s) listed in the application form. An organisation that is not confident that it can manage any resultant funding may wish to partner with an organisation that will manage the financial aspects of the project (an auspicing body). The auspicing body must agree to receive the funds and to administer the grant in accordance with the terms and conditions of the signed grant agreement.

Project evaluation

Projects are required to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Preservation, protection and/or promotion of an Aboriginal heritage site(s)
  • Sustainable, long-term heritage benefits
  • Public benefit and increased awareness of Aboriginal heritage
  • Opportunities and benefits for Aboriginal people and organisations

Find out more

If you have any queries regarding the grants program, please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Projects Officer, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Phone enquiries: (08) 6551 7942
Email enquiries: HeritageGrants@dplh.wa.gov.au
Read the media statement: Media Statements - Aboriginal cultural heritage projects to receive $500,000 boost

Page reviewed 22 December 2022