Australian Government – Indigenous Languages & Arts Grants

Status: Ongoing

Region: Australia wide


The overarching outcome of the Australian Government’s ILA Program is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through Indigenous languages and arts activities. Grant funding allocated through the ILA Program supports three key outcomes:

  • the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to preserve and teach their culture through languages and arts
  • a strong sense of cultural identity and wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which contributes to sustainable and strong communities
  • celebration and increased recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and arts in the wider Australian community

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the purposes of GST
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • be one of the following entity types:
    • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
    • an organisation established through specific Commonwealth or State or Territory legislation
    • a company incorporated in Australia
    • a company limited by guarantee
    • an incorporated association
    • a not-for-profit organisation
    • a partnership (as defined in the Glossary)
    • a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
    • a publicly funded research organisation
    • An Australian state, territory or local government body
  • have no overdue acquittals or serious breaches relating to Australian Government funding (a serious breach is one that has resulted in, or warrants, the termination of a grant agreement)
  • not be bankrupt or subject to insolvency proceedings (as relevant to the entity type)

Applications close: 21 June 2021.

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