Apply for a grant to preserve and promote Aboriginal sites

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

The 2020/21 Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grant recipients have been announced. The 2021/22 funding round will open later this year.

How to apply

The Department has developed a Guideline for Applicants to assist you with your application. We also recommend contacting the Department to discuss your project before you submit your application. Please call us on (08) 6551 7912 or email


Project eligibility

Grant applications will only be accepted for projects associated with ground works on 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.

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

Any Aboriginal site that is not currently 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 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 7912.

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 and protection 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 7912

Email enquiries:

2010-21 Preserving our Aboriginal Sites Grant Recipients

The 2020/21 Preserving our Aboriginal Sites grant recipients were announced on 4 June 2021.

Thirteen not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations were awarded a share in this year’s grants for a range of projects to protect and preserve registered Aboriginal sites across the State.

This year, grants from $6,447 to $30,000 will help share cultural stories through interpretive signage designed by Aboriginal artists, install fencing to protect gravesites and protected areas, establish a Keeping Place for cultural materials and help preserve Aboriginal heritage through cultural mapping, site restorations and ongoing land management and maintenance. 

The grants will also foster economic development in local communities by creating jobs and building local skills and training opportunities.

Read the media statement - $200,000 grants boost to preserve Aboriginal heritage sites

Grant recipients and projects

Albany Aboriginal Corporation (Great Southern – Albany)
Restoring Paddy Coyne Complex

Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation(Kimberley)
Reconnecting and revitalising the heritage place in Bunuba Western Muwayi

Gnowangerup Aboriginal CorporationProject (South West)
Gnowangerup Spring Remediation

Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation (Mid West – Meekatharra)
Cultural mapping and Preservation of Nichol Springs

Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre (Kimberley)
Protecting Cultural Material in the Kimberley – Constructing a KALACC Keeping Place at Ludu

Kulyamba Aboriginal Corporation (Gascoyne – Carnarvon)
Preserving Sites on Ullawarra, Glenforrie, Williambury and Mangaroon Pastoral Leases

Malgana Aboriginal Corporation (Mid West/ Murchison/Gascoyne)
Interpretive signage program and rehabilitation of culturally significant sites by Aboriginal Rangers on Wilyibidi and Gathaagudu

Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation (Pilbara)
Ngarluma Heritage Site Fencing Project

Wunin Ngari Aboriginal Corporation (Kimberley)
Bungurun Leprosarium Cemetery Fencing

Yarramoup Aboriginal Corporation (Goldfields-Esperance – Ravensthorpe)
Kukanaruo and Wangup Road – Maintenance and Repairs Project


Page reviewed 9 July 2021