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Grants and Sponsorship

The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council provides support across Victoria’s Traditional Owner and broader communities

Fundamental to this work are Council’s responsibilities to:

  • support Traditional Owners in the protection and management of their Cultural Heritage
  • promote public awareness and understanding of that Cultural Heritage
  • manage the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Fund
  • promote and facilitate research into Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Living Culture Grants Program

  • About the Program        

    The Living Culture Grants Program provides support to Victorians to protect, manage and celebrate Victorian Aboriginal cultural heritage. When people are proud of their culture, they protect it. Pride grows through a strong connection to culture.

    Council supports Traditional Owners to share knowledge across Country and generations. Cultural connectedness is essential for thriving communities and Council will support Aboriginal people to understand their culture and identity more deeply.

    Our cultural heritage is best understood through demonstrating respect for Traditional Owners – our knowledge, our skills, our appreciation of our heritage. The practicing of our culture and traditions makes us stronger and this strength offers all Victorians opportunities to value, understand and celebrate the unique cultural heritage we care for on behalf of all of us.

    Rodney Carter
    Chairperson

    Eligibility                          

    To be eligible to apply, you must answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:

    • Does the project raise awareness, research, protect or manage Aboriginal cultural heritage in Victoria?
    • Are the project objectives being met by another initiative?
    • Is the project supported by a Registered Aboriginal Party or Traditional Owner group?
    • Does the project have the support of the landowner on which it is to be undertaken?
    • Is the applicant eligible to receive funds?

     
    In some instances, projects will be ineligible for funding. These include, but are not limited to:

    • RAPs with an outstanding RAP Funding Report
    • projects without the support of the landowner of the land on which the project is to be undertaken
    • projects where documented procurement processes have not been undertaken
    • projects that have received previous funding

     Grant Areas                     

    Small grant $1,000 - $10,000
    Medium grant $11,000 - $20,000
    Large grant $21,000 - $30,000
  • Please complete the Application Form and associated documents below.

    Applications should be:

    • submitted in an acceptable file type (e.g. Word, Excel, PDF, or JPEG)
    • not larger than 5MB in size
    • contained within one email, zipping the files if required

    In applications made outside formal funding rounds, applications can be made at any time and should be emailed to vahc@dpc.vic.gov.au 

    All required sections of your application form must be completed before submitting. If you require assistance, please email vahc@dpc.vic.gov.au or call 03 7004 7198.

Aboriginal Ancestral Remains Consultation and Repatriation Fund

  • About the Program        

    The Aboriginal Ancestral Remains Consultation and Repatriation Fund (Repat Fund) sits as an independent budget line within the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Fund. The Repat Fund provides support to Traditional Owners seeking the return of Ancestors currently in the custody of Council. Council views the return of Ancestors as a fundamental step in the path to self-determination and healing for all Traditional Owners. Council considers all work in this field fundamental to their commitment to protect, manage and celebrate Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.

    Our cultural heritage is best understood through demonstrating respect for Traditional Owners – our knowledge, our skills, our appreciation of our heritage. The practicing of our culture and traditions makes us stronger and this strength offers all Victorians opportunities to value, understand and celebrate the unique cultural heritage we care for on behalf of all of us.

    Rodney Carter
    Chairperson

    Eligibility                          

    If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions you may be eligible for funding.

    • If you are from Victoria, is your organisation a Registered Aboriginal Party or Traditional Owner group registered with ORIC and you been advised by Council that they currently hold in their custody Ancestors from your Traditional Owner group or RAP?
    • If you are not from Victoria, is your organisation recognised under the Native Title Act 2010 or other relevant state Aboriginal Cultural Heritage legislation and you have been advised by Council that they currently hold in their custody Ancestors from your Traditional Owner group or the group you are representing?
    • If you are an individual, do you have the support of a formally recognised group or other body (Parks Vic, Local Council) who are willing to enter into an auspicing agreement on your behalf with Council?

     
    In some instances, projects will be ineligible for funding. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Applications from an individual Victorian Traditional Owner for the repatriation of Ancestral Remains provenanced to a location within a RAP boundary, or a formally recognised Traditional Owner group, and who do not have the support of the relevant RAP or Traditional Owner group.

    • In the case of Ancestral Remains repatriated to Victorian Traditional Owners, projects without the support of the landowner/manager on which the reinterment is to be undertaken.

    • Activities associated with a project that has received previous funding.

    Grant Categories and Amounts

    Applications can be made in one or both of the following categories.   

    On-Country meetings and activities (Victorian Traditional Owners only) Example: Internal engagement and planning meetings, ceremonial activities
    Consultation and/or Repatriation Example: Travel to and from Melbourne to view and attend to Ancestors, meetings with OVAHC staff, return travel back to Country with Ancestors

    Applications must be made in only one amount area.        

    Small grant Up to $10,000 (Limit available to non-Victorian applicants)
    Large grant $10,000 - $30,000
  • Please complete the Application Form and associated documents below.

    Applications should be:

    • submitted in an acceptable file type (e.g. Word, Excel, PDF, or JPEG)
    • not larger than 5MB in size
    • contained within one email, zipping the files if required

    Applications can be made at any time and should be emailed to vahc@dpc.vic.gov.au 

    All required sections of your application form must be completed before submitting. If you require assistance, please email vahc@dpc.vic.gov.au or call 03 7004 7198.

Taking Control of our Heritage Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference Attendance Support Programs

  • Applications are available for individuals 18-30 years of age to attend the Conference.

    Apply online

  • The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council is supporting each Victorian RAP to attend through the allocation of three tickets at the Speaker's Rate.

    Register online

  • Applications are available for individuals from non-formally recognised Traditional Owner groups. The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council Subsidy includes a ticket, travel and accommodation package for attendance of all days of the Conference.

    Apply online

  • The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council is supporting Victorian Traditional Owners to attend through a subsidised registration of $330 for the full three-day registration.

    Apply online

     

Reviewed 29 July 2021

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