Celebrating Reconciliation Grants Guide

The 2021 Celebrating Reconciliation Grants are now open.

Applications close 3pm (AEST) on Friday, 17 December 2021.

About the Celebrating Reconciliation Grants

The Celebrating Reconciliation Grants Program provides funding for local communities to host events that encourage participation in National Reconciliation Week.

National Reconciliation Week is a national campaign, held from 27 May to 3 June, celebrating and building on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and non-Indigenous Australians. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the successful 1967 referendum to change how Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples were referred to in the Constitution (27 May), and the 1992 High Court Mabo decision (3 June).

The week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians to create a nation strengthened by respectful relationships.

Applications for grants of up to $15,000 (exclusive of GST) are now being accepted:

Apply for an Celebrating Reconciliation Grant

Apply online for a grant

For information about applying online, read SmartyGrants: Help guide for applicants.

If you are having difficulties with your SmartyGrants user account, or accessing your application, you can contact SmartyGrants directly:

SmartyGrants support desk hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

2020 grant recipients

Contact us

For more information about the grants, including the guidelines, terms and conditions and how to apply, please contact your local regional office or the Culture and Reconciliation team by emailing crg@dsdsatsip.qld.gov.au or by phoning 3003 6394.

Leaders of Reconciliation

Dr. Sallyanne Atkinson AO, Belza (Bill) Lowah and Dr. Jackie Huggins AM describe what reconciliation means to them.

Duration 02:01

Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO:

My dream is that all Australians respect and have tolerance for all other Australians.

No matter what their background is, no matter what the colour of their skin is.

Belza (Bill) Lowah:

The catalyst of the reconciliation, what it is, is to bring people together and talk about issues. Nut it out. Respect this land of ours.

Dr Jackie Huggins AM:

Reconciliation isn’t a soft issue. It’s damn hard. It’s about action now and we want it now.

Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO:

Reconciliation is important for all Queenslanders to overcome the hurt, the pain, the misunderstanding that currently exists in our society.

Belza (Bill) Lowah:

There is unity in diversity. There is greatness in difference. There is beauty in cultural integrity.

Dr Jackie Huggins AM:

Reconciliation means three things: recognition, justice and healing.

Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO:

We have to take the time to feel uncomfortable. We have to understand that feeling uncomfortable is part of the human growth process.

Belza (Bill) Lowah:

There is greatness in difference. Greatness. Get involved. Raise the flag. Understand another human being.

Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO:

What we must have is a shared understanding of our history, a shared acceptance of the past. Warts and all. Because that’s the only way we can move forward.

Dr Jackie Huggins AM:

We are tired of the constant talking and lack of action. So now’s the time to do this. Not only for our country, our children, but for each other. And that is the journey of reconciliation.

Celebrating Reconciliation Grants, 04 Nov 2021, [https://www.qld.gov.au/firstnations/grants-funding/celebrating-reconciliation]

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