NAIDOC Week activity grants
NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week is held annually in the first full week of July. NAIDOC provides a special opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.
Each year Council offer NAIDOC Week activity grants of up to $500 to community groups, schools and non-profit organisations. The grants must be used for activities that help celebrate NAIDOC in the Eurobodalla Shire.
The theme for the 2019 NAIDOC Week celebrations is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together'.
Grants now closed
Grants applications are closed for 2019. We will call for entries again early in 2020.
2019 Grant recipients
Congratulations to all of our successful applicants. Grant funding was used to help fund these community projects and initiatives:
- Arts Council of Eurobodalla: The organisation ran an Aboriginal arts workshop and displayed work by local Aboriginal artists at their venue.
- Batemans Bay High School: The school's Aboriginal Learning Centre hosted a week of activities with the aim of engaging staff, students, families and the wider community in NAIDOC Week activities.
- Bodalla Local Aboriginal Land Council: BLALC ran a Family Fun Day with a variety of activities showcasing Aboriginal voices in the wider community and promoting community spirit.
- Carroll College: Carroll college contributed to Council's NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day at Riverside Park.
- Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land Council: An Elders Luncheon was held at Wallaga Lake, which brought the community together to celebrate NAIDOC Week, enjoy lunch and have a yarn.
- Mogo Public School: Mogo Public School has a strong connection with the local Aboriginal fishing community. The school ran a fishing day with local fisherman and parents.
- Moruya High School: The school celebrated the week with a variety of activities including a Welcome to Country Flag Raising Ceremony with special guests and speakers and a touch football tournament where regional schools competed at Ack Weymans Oval.
- Moruya Public School: Moruya Public School held their own NAIDOC Family Week in August 2019. Each day there were activities teaching cultural awareness.
- Narooma High School: Sista Speak is an Aboriginal girls' well being program designed to run in partnership with the local community. The girls participate in a variety of activities aimed at improving self-esteem, understanding career options, managing finances and the ability to make positive choices.
- St Peters Anglican College: Working with two local Aboriginal artists, students were given the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal symbols and cultural inferences that can be expressed through art.
- SDN Batemans Bay Pre-school: The pre-school ran a community event where participants painted totem poles depicting dreaming and creation stories of the Walbanja people, incorporating the 2019 NAIDOC Week theme of voice treaty and truth. The event also included a flag raising ceremony to tie in with the launch of the new 'Bush Tucker Garden'.