Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Indigenous Culture Support Program Funds for Indigenous Communities

The Indigenous Culture Support program (ICS) supports the maintenance and continued development of Indigenous culture at the community level, and Indigenous culture as a dynamic part of Australian culture and identity.

ICS funds activities that encourage culturally vibrant Indigenous communities and contribute to the cultural identity and wellbeing of Indigenous individuals and communities.

The program supports activities that:

  • maintain Indigenous culture through community involvement;
  • support new forms of Indigenous cultural expression;
  • increase public awareness of Indigenous culture, including through the presentation and exchange of culture; and
  • support the sustainable development of community organisations involved in cultural activities.

Applications for the 2009-10 round of funding will be advertised on 12 December 2008 and will close at 5pm 20 February 2009.

For the first time, triennial funding will be offered in the 2009-10 funding round for organisations that meet the eligibility requirements. Please make sure you read the 2009-10 Indigenous Culture Support program guidelines carefully and discuss this funding option with your local Indigenous Coordination Centre prior to applying.

Who can apply?

Any person or body may apply for funding in accordance with program guidelines for the purpose of furthering the economic, social or cultural development of Indigenous peoples.

The applicant must also have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST.

Who to contact?

For enquiries or assistance in lodging a submission please contact your nearest Indigenous Coordination Centre, which has information sheets on these programs and an Electronic Submission Kit (eSub) that you should obtain to lodge your submission.

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