Healthy North Coast Aboriginal Partnership

2024 NAIDOC Week Grants

Applications are now open for $2,000 grants to support NAIDOC Week community events this July. Apply before 9am Monday 27 May!

Are you an Aboriginal community-led organisation planning a deadly event for NAIDOC week?

Healthy North Coast Aboriginal Partnership organisations are pleased to recognise the amazing sense of cultural pride spread throughout our footprint by offering up to twelve grants of $2,000 to contribute toward events and activities with a focus on:

  • health and wellbeing
  • connection to Country, and
  • positive impact of social and emotional connections. 

We want to show our support to and empower Aboriginal community-led collaborations occurring within our local communities, including our Bundjalung, Yaegl, Githabal, Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti and Birpai Countries.

Example activities include:

  • Arts and crafts (painting, weaving, woodburning) 
  • Yarning circles 
  • Wellbeing sessions
  • Physical activities
  • Wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community activities
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2024 NAIDOC Week Grants

Application Form

Before submitting your application, please check out the links below. Submit your application using our easy online form or upload a completed Word file.

Submissions will close 9am Monday 27 May 2024.

You will be eligible to submit an application for grant funding if you meet the below criteria:

  1. Your activity is endorsed by a letter of support by an incorporated Aboriginal Community Organisation’
  2. Your activity or event is taking place within the Healthy North Coast footprint, Tweed to Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Areas (LGA).
  3. You represent one of the following:
    • Incorporated not-for-profit organisation registered with NSW Fair Trading under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW)
    • Aboriginal Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal Torres Strait Islanders) Act 2006 (Cth)
    • Not-for-profit company incorporated in Australia under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
    • Local Aboriginal Land Council established under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)
    • NSW local council operating under the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW)
    • Incorporated cooperative (incorporated under state/territory legislation, and commonly have ‘Cooperative’ in their legal name)
    • Incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust, including Catholic School trusts
    • Unincorporated Aboriginal group that has entered into an agreement with an eligible organisation to auspice the funding.

Unfortunately, you will not be eligible if you are:

  • an individual 
  • a federal or state Government agency and body, including NSW public schools (see note below) and hospitals 
  • a for-profit organisations, including Aboriginal businesses, or
  • an unincorporated Aboriginal organisation or group without an eligible auspicing organisation.

If an unincorporated organisation or group wishes to apply for a Healthy North Coast 2024 NAIDOC grant, they will need to partner with an eligible organisation to receive and administer the funding. The eligible organisation must apply on behalf of the unincorporated organisation or group.

NSW public schools
While NSW public schools are not an eligible applicant to the Program, projects may be held on NSW public school grounds and/or for the benefit of a school community where the applicant is an eligible organisation (e.g., an incorporated not-for-profit Parents & Citizens organisation, incorporated Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, etc).

Grants will be assessed and awarded based on the following:

  • How the activity aligns with the intention of the grant; a focus on health and wellbeing and connection to culture
  • How well the activity engages local communities or overlooked communities
  • How well utilised the proposed budget will be in relation to ensuring greatest impact for investment.

A selection/evaluation panel will be established comprising of Healthy North Coast staff and members of the Healthy North Coast Aboriginal Partnership. 

Successful grant recipients will be notified by 10 June 2024.


If you are a successful grant recipient, we will require you to complete some paperwork before we can provide the grant funding: 

  • Grant Agreement ( example available on request )
  • Organisation Contact Information
  • RCTI Agreement ( required for payment – example available on request )
  • Bank Details Form ( required for payment )

Successful grant recipients will be notified by 10 June 2024. Grant payments will be processed by 19 June 2024, pending returned paperwork.


Successful grant recipients will be required to submit a brief summary (300 words) along with photos and/or a short video within 30 days of their activity or event. See example template here.

You will need to ensure that you obtain participant consent to share any images or footage of individuals captured during your activity or event.

By providing these assets, you are granting permission for Healthy North Coast to publish these images in media, annual reports, or for other communication purposes as outlined in the Grant Agreement.

The Healthy North Coast Aboriginal Partnership 2024 NAIDOC Week Grants are funded through the PHN Program, an Australian Government initiative.

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