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The Indigenous Culture Support program is a funding opportunity which could be used for establishing and maintaining a bush tucker garden including supporting Indigenous teams to collect bush tucker and record information and stories for their local community, and trial and produce bush tucker gardens close to communities.

http://www.arts.gov.au/indigenous/ICS

The Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts is currently seeking applications for its Indigenous Culture Support program.

About the Indigenous Culture Support Program

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

ICS funds activities that encourage culturally vibrant Indigenous communities and contribute to the cultural 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.

ICS Program Guidelines

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Community Action Grants

Under a joint Natural Resource Management project funded by the Australian Government, Community Action Grants are now open for applications. These grants are for $5,000 – $20,000 and can be used to support sustainable farming and Indigenous groups.

For more info and to apply, visit http://www.nrm.gov.au/funding/cag.html
Applications close 22 Oct 2009

Here’s a thought – are any RIG Network Members particularly good at applying for government funded grants who might be willing to assist Communities in applying for this or other funding?

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Indigenous Community Volunteers – ICV

ICV works nationally with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations, businesses, families and individuals to facilitate community development projects. Communities nominate the skills they want to learn and select their own volunteers from an ICV volunteer list.

ICV transports volunteers from anywhere in the country to wherever the project is operating, from Mer to Margaret River; Halls Creek to Hobart; Melbourne to Melville Island. Regardless of the location, volunteers must be selected and invited by a community to participate in a skills-transfer project.

ICV believes in reducing unnecessary red tape and does not require application forms.
Simply contact ICV to speak to a project officer to discuss your ideas and develop the project:

call toll-free 1800 819 542
email info@icv.com.au
or fax (02) 6122 6470

When planning the project with an ICV project officer you will need to identify:

  • what you want to achieve with the project
  • people who will work with the volunteer
  • a contact person to liaise with ICV
  • a cultural mentor to support the volunteer during their stay in the community

ICV’s project officers will complete a draft ‘project schedule’ and send it to you for your approval. Once you agree to this design, we can start looking for a volunteer for you.

If you do want to have a go at filling out the schedule yourself, you can click on the attached link Project schedule form

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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Grants

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation provides grant and other support to assist schools establish gardens as part of an integrated curriculum program that also includes healthy nutrition and eating education that is taught in a ‘kitchen’ classroom  using produce from the school garden. Established in Victoria, the program is now run nationally and the Foundation is keen to receive applications from Government Schools in remote and regional areas of Australia. The 2009 call for grant applications to support required infrastructure is now open and closes October 20.

To download the application form and information pack go to

http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/grants-national.shtml.

2 Responses Post a comment
  1. Natasha Sonter permalink
    October 29, 2009

    When would the funding for Community Action Grant & the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Grants re-open for application????

  2. November 12, 2009

    Hi Natasha

    I would suggest contacting each program through their website and asking when their next funding round is. I am not certain but I believe the Caring for Country was a once off funding round.
    The Stephanie Alexander program is ongoing however.

    Rach.

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