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

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

Applications are now open for the 2021 round of grants to protect Aboriginal sites.

Amounts of up to $30,000 are available for incorporated not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations managing sites listed on the Register of Aboriginal Places and Objects.

Well-maintained and promoted Aboriginal heritage enriches all Australians.

Previously funded projects include:

  • The remediation of burial sites,
  • Development and installation of interpretive 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.
  • 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.

Application Form (Word 1.43MB)

Guidelines for Applicants: (PDF 446KB)

The 2021/22 funding round applications closed on Friday, 15th October 2021.

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 7920 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 7920.

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 7920
Email enquiries:
Read the media statement: Media Statements - Grants available to preserve and protect Aboriginal heritage sites

Page reviewed 29 November 2021