Indigenous Languages Grants

The 2021 Indigenous Languages Grants are now open.

Applications extended to 3pm (AEST) on Friday, 29 October 2021.

About the Indigenous Languages Grants

The Queensland Government Indigenous Languages Grants 2021 will support a range of activities across Queensland which recognise the importance of promotion, preservation and revival of traditional and contemporary languages in maintaining cultural identity and building the resilience of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Eligible applicants can apply for a share in $400,000 to support Indigenous language preservation and revitalisation across the state.

Applications for grants of up to $20,000 (exclusive of GST) are now being accepted:

  • 10 grants x $20,000 for significant impact initiatives
  • 20 grants x $10,000 for local community impact initiatives.

The importance of language

Language is central to identity and connects people to culture, country and kin. Language is also critical to sharing and preserving cultural knowledge and understanding.

With very few fluent speakers remaining, many languages could easily be lost in the next few decades. The loss of language means the loss of cultural heritage that incorporates unique ways of knowing and experiencing the world.

Ensuring children learn Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages is an integral part of preservation—as the leaders of tomorrow, they will be responsible for carrying languages and culture forward into the future.

Apply for an Indigenous Languages 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.

Previous grants recipients

Contact us

If you would like to receive email communication about future Indigenous languages initiatives, please call the Culture and Reconciliation Team on (07) 3003 6394 or email us on

Indigenous Languages Grants

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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