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29 October, 2021

Reconciliation grants 2022 open

LOCAL communities are invited to apply for a share of the $150,000 Celebrating Reconciliation Grants Program 2022.

By Peter McCullagh

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Craig Crawford today opened the popular grants program dedicated to community reconciliation efforts.

“Up to 38 Queensland-based reconciliation celebrations will be supported in this round of grants for events to be held in or around National Reconciliation Week in 2022,” Mr Crawford said.

“In the spirit of truth-telling, understanding, respect and reconciliation, grants of up to $15,000 will support local events bringing together Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Queenslanders,” he said.

“Past rounds have inspired reconciliation activities like traditional performances, cultural displays, art exhibitions, story-telling and fun runs acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.”

In 2020, six community groups in the far north participated within the program. The Hollingsworth Elders Village in Portsmith received funding for their National Reconciliation Week Community Day in 2020.

National Reconciliation Week is held each year from 27 May to 3 June and commemorates two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey—the successful 1967 referendum and the 1992 High Court Mabo decision.

Mr Crawford said community reconciliation events — big and small — help advance reconciliation across the state.

“This year, Queenslanders celebrated National Reconciliation Week differently, but just as passionately, in COVID-safe ways and we look forward to more innovative, inspiring and inclusive reconciliation celebrations,” he said.

“Since launching in 2018, our dedicated grants program has supported more than 100 reconciliation events in communities including Cape York and the Torres Strait, Gold Coast, Barcaldine, Winton and Doomadgee. 

“Reconciliation is at the heart of Queensland’s Path to Treaty and there is a place for all Queenslanders on our shared journey towards a more fair, inclusive and respectful future.”

The Celebrating Reconciliation Grants Program is proudly funded by the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

Apply now or find out more at www.qld.gov.au/recgrants

Applications close 3pm AEST on Friday 17 December 2021.



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