APPLICATIONS FOR NAIDOC WEEK GRANTS CLOSING SOON

Member for Lismore Thomas George today reminded local community groups that funding applications for NAIDOC Week events close this Friday.

Mr George said the NSW Government grants support events that highlight Aboriginal history and culture.

“Grants of $500-$1,000 are available for most events and grants of up to $3,000 are available for larger community events,” Mr George said.

“In previous years the grants have funded activities and events including community festivals and public exhibitions.

“This year the NSW Government is making $500-1000 available for NAIDOC Week grants.

“This funding helps local Aboriginal land councils, schools and community groups to celebrate this important week in our nation’s cultural calendar.”

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said NAIDOC Week 2015 will be held from 5-12 July.

“The theme for NAIDOC Week 2015 is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate’. This theme recognises the important connection that Aboriginal people have with the land,” Mrs Williams said.

“NAIDOC Week is a time to share the stories of these places and to also acknowledge those people who work to protect the land.

“Grant applications can be made through the NSW Government’s Aboriginal Affairs website. The online system is user friendly, registration is simple and the online forms are supported by instructions and a question guide.

“Organisations that have previously registered for the grants can use the same details, so there is no need to register again.”

Further details are available online at http://aboriginalaffairs.smartygrants.com.au or by calling (02) 9219 0700.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577