Celebrating Reconciliation Grants

Program guidelines

Events funded under the Celebrating Reconciliation Grants will need to meet the following program objectives:

  • increase awareness of Reconciliation Australia’s five dimensions of reconciliation – race relations, equality and equity, unity, institutional integrity and historical acceptance
  • raise community awareness of National Reconciliation Week
  • offer community members opportunities to learn, share, and grow, for example, through sharing stories about past events, and showcasing local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, arts, cultural activities, etc.
  • promote and facilitate respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Queensland community and Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • encourage community participation and engagement
  • contribute to a statewide program of inclusive and innovative community events, initiatives and promotions
  • promote social cohesion through building better relationships between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Queenslanders
  • encourage local community organisations to have and show respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Applicants are encouraged to consider how their event can be inclusive of older people and people with disability.

Eligible applicants can apply for a share in $150,000 to celebrate and promote reconciliation across Queensland.

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

  • 2 grants x $15,000 for statewide/regional events
  • 6 grants x $7,500 for significant events
  • 30 grants x $2,500 for local community events.

Grant tiers

The distribution of grant tier funding will be at the discretion of the assessment panel. The assessment panel will determine final grant tier allocations based on how applicants address each eligibility criteria and the benefit to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

Grant amount$2,500$7,500$15,000
Description Grants aimed at local community events. Grants aimed at community-wide (significant) events that have a greater reach across a number of communities.  The event will involve a higher level of organisation and can include partnerships with other organisations. Grants aimed at regional or statewide events that may span across multiple locations and/or days and involve partnerships with multiple organisations.
Applicant co-contribution The grant applicant is encouraged to contribute either in-kind or financially to the event. The grant applicant is strongly encouraged to contribute either in-kind or financially to the event. The grant applicant is strongly encouraged to contribute either in-kind or financially to the event.

Partnerships are important for fostering innovation, cross-cultural collaboration, and whole-of-community engagement in building an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland. It is strongly encouraged that partnerships between organisations are established in the development and delivery of events, especially for events with plans to involve multiple community groups.

What the grant funding can cover

  • staffing* (non-recurrent salaries and on-costs including matching of volunteer fees)
  • equipment and venue hire
  • theming
  • materials and supplies
  • talent and entertainment
  • catering and produce

*capped at 50 per cent of the funding requested in the event budget for the purpose of event delivery.

What the grant funding cannot cover

  • administration and overhead costs
  • routine operations of the applicant
  • funding of research, trials, or feasibility studies
  • insurances
  • prizes or gifts
  • retrospective (past) activities
  • capital equipment or works
  • activities or goods not directly related to the event

Who can apply?

Applicants wishing to apply for a Celebrating Reconciliation Grant must:

  • be based in Queensland and the event must be delivered in Queensland
  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN)

Eligible applicants include:

  • a company incorporated in Australia #
  • a company limited by guarantee *
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
  • a local government body

# Grant applicants that are not incorporated should partner with an incorporated organisation with demonstrated capacity to undertake and oversee community projects.  This is an auspice arrangement.  The auspice organisation details should be entered in the application form.

* A “company limited by guarantee” is a specialised form of public company designed for non-profit organisations. In Australia companies limited by guarantee are subject to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and administered to by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Who cannot apply?

  • a Queensland government department, agency and statutory authority
  • an Australian government department, agency and statutory authority
  • a Member of Parliament
  • an individual
  • an unincorporated association without an auspicing body
  • an organisation not delivering services in Queensland
  • applicants without a valid ABN
  • public or private schools (including school parent associations), kindergartens, childcare centres and

Eligible events

The list below provides examples of eligible events. It is not exhaustive, and you are welcome to submit a proposal for a different type of event that meets the objectives of the grant funding.

  • cultural displays that promote an understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander traditions, customs, histories, and cultural heritage
  • celebrations showcasing local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artworks, dance groups, musicians, singers, and entertainers
  • food displays and stalls demonstrating the preparation and cooking of traditional foods and bush tucker
  • recreational activities in public spaces and parks that promote reconciliation between local Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous community members including children and young people
  • community-based and community-driven initiatives such as yarning circles or speaking events that foster conversations about reconciliation, racism, discrimination, and related issues, and provide a harmonious, creative and collaborative way of communicating in a relaxed and safe environment.

Applicants must comply with public health directions put in place for COVID-19. For more information visit the Queensland Government COVID-19 website.

Reconciliation Australia developed a framework to measure Australia’s progress towards reconciliation across five critical dimensions, which signify a holistic and comprehensive picture of reconciliation and represent a key component of the program objectives and assessment criteria. The five dimensions are:

  • Race relations – All Australians understand and value Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous cultures, rights and experiences, which results in stronger relationships based on trust and respect and that are free of racism.
  • Equality and equity – Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples participate equally in a range of life opportunities and the unique rights of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples are recognised and upheld.
  • Unity – An Australian society that values and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage as a proud part of a shared national identity.
  • Institutional integrity – The active support of reconciliation by the nation’s political, business and community structures.
  • Historical acceptance – All Australians understand and accept the wrongs of the past and the impact of these wrongs. Australia makes amends for the wrongs of the past and ensure these wrongs are never repeated.

A range of resources to support communities during National Reconciliation Week are available on the Reconciliation Australia website.

Applications will be assessed by an independent assessment panel against the following criteria:

Assessment criteriaWeighting %

Ability to meet the program objectives and engage the broader community in a reconciliation event or initiative that reflects Reconciliation Australia’s five dimensions of reconciliation:

  • race relations
  • equality and equity
  • unity
  • institutional integrity
  • historical acceptance.
Present an event plan demonstrating innovative practices and/or creative ideas including proposed methods for event promotion.25
Presents a budget that is complete, realistic, provides value for money, and clearly outlines how the grant funding will be spent should the application be successful.20
Capacity of the applicant to undertake all aspects of the proposed event (planning, promotion, implementation and evaluation of its success).20

All successful grant applicants will be required to:

  • enter into, and comply with, a funding agreement and its terms and conditions.
  • acknowledge the Queensland Government funding with a Queensland Government crest on all promotional material associated with the funded event.
  • submit an Event and Financial (Acquittal) Report (if required) by the specified due date. Where there is unspent funding, the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships may require you to refund the unspent funding.
  • immediately inform the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships via email of any proposed changes to the funded event, eg. change in activities, dates, and locations.
Date What happens on this date?
Monday, 25 October 2021 Grants open
Friday, 17 December 2021 Grants close. All applications must be submitted by 3pm (AEST)
Friday, 18 March 2022 Applicants advised of outcome
Friday 27 May 2022 to
Friday, 3 June 2022
National Reconciliation Week events

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 on email or by telephone: 3003 6394.

In this guide:

  1. Program guidelines
  2. Terms and conditions
  3. Frequently asked questions
  4. Tips for writing a grant application

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